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Today's subject of the review: Allow me to say in advance that The Novel Factory is the exemption to my Free Writing Software Review because it' s not free! Perhaps my favourite part of this particular programme was that it gave such a detailed overview of the whole writing experience, from character creation and plots to following up entries sent to editors or editors.
Whilst the pre-structured nature of this application is limited in some ways, it's great for capturing and saving a lot of detail about your projects, and your requests for information would also help you get started in periods of writer's-blocks. This software was also esthetically appealing and simple to use, especially if you get familiar with the "roadmap".
They do, however, provide a free evaluation version that allows full use of the software. You can even fully exported your work to another software if you choose not to buy it once the evaluation version is complete. Due to the free test version and because I found this software so useful, I chose to add it to this set.
So if you specifically want something permanent free, this particular software is probably not what you are looking for. But if you are interested in using the free evaluation version, or simply want to know more about it compared to other applications, please continue on! At the Novel Factory we suggest that you begin with the roadmap, which is essentially a "Getting Started" guideline that provides a thorough overview of the program's functions.
In this tutorial you will be guided through the creation of a new storytelling process using the usual three-act storytelling convention. Select a style sheet that affects the unique elements you need to type and the way the application designs your story-structures.
You will immediately build a presumption and a summary as well as a framework of the story, on which the programme will later build with other functions. The pictures below show the frame and the premises for my Horatio story. While you move forward, you are guided through the creation of sound two-part scenarios, each containing the scene (head) and sequence (tail), and you can also visualize which one that is by choosing an icon. As you move forward, you are guided through the creation of sound two-part scenarios, each containing the scene (head) and sequence (tail).
You can see these symbols next to each section on the home page so you can immediately see how the basic history is structured. They can also be used to include plotter points and colour codes to keep an overview of plots/subplots, the look of signs and elements, off-screen incidents, etc.
I have added a lilac colored markers for "Lily's Growth" in the picture above, so that I can follow it in my story. In the Characters section there is a questionaire for each of the characters, as well as a place where the story, notes, introductions, basic information and a summary of the points of view can be stored. Synopsis is an interesting characteristic because it is an simple way to write down what every person sees or thinks in a particular sequence.
That could be very useful in a story with many different character or crossing storylines. Story contents can be typed within each section of the scenes, providing a number of tabbed pages for the scenery summary, a listing of scenes' character and location, scenes' blocking/planning, and even tabbed pages for storing a first draft, second draft, and final draft.
It makes it extremely simple to review your design detail and even earlier version of this particular scenery in a single screen. Novel Factory offers hints for programme processing and review in the "Roadmap" under Second Draft and Final Draft, and when your story is finished, there is even a "Submissions" page where you can follow the contributions sent to agencies and/or publishing houses.
The software also has a good statistics page. It' ll keep an eye on your progression across several designs, keep an eye on your day-to-day number of words compared to your day-to-day goal, you can fix a goal end date, and even break down the number of words in the novel by scenery, give you a day-to-day mean of words, and show your progression over the years.
In the upper right there is even a cake diagram showing the equilibrium of Head Scenes, Tail Scenes and Incident Scenes in your story. Novel Factory lets you save as a document or as an e-book (EPUB), or if you want to use more than one program, you can even save it in Scrivener mode.
You also have the option to select which parts you want to work with, so you can only work with certain parts of the story or just sort through everything when you're done. I am very much struck by this software. It could be very useful for someone who writes a novel.
It' s more textured, so if you plan to try something other than the usual 3-act story tree, it might be a little too limited for you. But on the other side, if you are a freelance author struggling with the overall narrative architecture, this could be really useful. Or you could unlock your first sketch of the story and then use this tool to rework it and locate places where your organization needs to work.
Obviously, if you write something other than a novel - such as an article - this programme would probably not suit your needs, because it is "The Novel Factory" and is specially designed for this use. If you only need it for a limited time, or if you want to try it before you buy, you can get a 7-day free trial.
In my next article, part 5 of the Free Writing Software Review section, next weeks we will look again at really FREE options: oStorybook!