Do you want to write a book? Do you have a thousand thoughts swimming around in your head but don’t know where to start? Introducing The Novel Factory. I have recently embarked on the journey of writing my first full length book and at first it was quite a struggle. I wrote out a loose outline and started writing in Scrivener. However, I soon realized that all I had was a big mashup of ideas, characters, and subplots with no real direction. Don’t get me wrong, Scrivener is a great program and many authors swear by it. I found it has a steep learning curve and the tutorial included to be extremely confusing.
Last year I bought a writing bundle from Infostack.io that included a year long subscription to the writing software The Novel Factory. I knew I had to redeem my subscription by this June so I decided to take a chance and see how it went. Needless to say, I was blown away. I absolutely love this software. It has helped me take the tangled jumble of ideas, subplots, and characters in my head and turn it into something organized and managable. In fact, I have written around 66,000 words in the first month of using it.
The Novel Factory
There are so many great features in the Novel Factory software but the best thing is there is a step by step guide to writing your first novel. This guide features fifteen steps and takes you from initial idea all the way through publication. Other cool features include:
The Roadmap-If this is your first time writing a novel, this roadmap is a Godsend. It has helped me tremendously. Honestly, I was nervous about writing my first full length book. Why? My past books have been very short and I’ve been writing non-fiction articles/blog posts for so long I was afraid I couldn’t get back into a fiction groove. The Novel Factory road map took all that fear away, taking me step by step through my ideas and characters and when I started my “official’ first draft the words started flying out of my fingers.
Character Development Questionnaires-These questionnaires helped me flesh out my characters to the max. I also love that you can add pictures of your characters which has helped me visualize each one better in the physical sense. These questionnaires go over everything from voice to physical characteristics, positive/negative traits, and everything in between.
Plot Development-There is a planning section which helps you plot out your novel and even has specific templates for the genre you are writing in.
More Cool Features
Characterization Development-This helps you create three dimensional characters and is the second part of the character development phase.
Character Viewpoint Synopsis-This feature allows you to see the novel through the eyes of each of your main characters.
Images-You can add images to inspire you when it comes to your characters and also the locations in your book.
Location Management-Use notes, images, and sensory details to describe the locations in your book.
Automatic Scene Generation-I LOVE this feature. Once I had my outline done, the software turned it into scenes for me.
Scene Management-You can shuffle your scenes around in any order you want.
Multiple Drafts-There are multiple tabs for your first, second, and final drafts to keep everything organized.
Export Your Work-When you are done with that final draft, you can export it in either Word or Plain Text format.
Track Submissions-Going the traditional publishing route? A submission tracker is built right in.
Targets and Statistics- I’m in love with this feature too. I love that I can put in a word count, start date, and end date and it will track my word count each day and for my manuscript as a whole. It shows in both numerical and chart form.
Automated Backups-This software automatically backs up your work that helps minimize losses.
Are There Different Versions?
Yes, there is a web version and a desktop version. I have the web version and I really like it. The desktop version is for Windows.
The online version has three subscription levels:
Basic $75/year or $6.25/month (Only one novel)
Standard: $198/year or $16.50/month (Unlimited Novels)
Premium: $600/year or $50/month ( Unlimited Novels)
The desktop version is $39.99 for a one off lifetime license.
NOTE: Each subscription level has different amounts of storage space. Also, these are the prices as of this post. Check pricing before buying on your own in case prices have gone up. Also, I am not affiliated with The Novel Factory in any way nor do I have affiliate links with them. I just wanted to share an honest review of the software.
Oh, did I also mention they offer a 30-Day free trial? 🙂
If you are looking for a software program to make writing your next book a breeze, I highly recommend The Novel Factory. Check it out and see if it’s the right writing software for your next book. What is your favorite writing software? I would love to know.