Tech 101: A Novel Idea App

This post is the start of our Tech 101 series, which will be explaining the different technology out there for writers. Today we will begin with the Apple Store app, “A Novel Idea”, which I think is an easily overlooked app if you didn’t know anything about it.

First off, at the time of this posting, the app was 2.9 MB (Megabytes for those not familiar with the acronym), and the full version is only $2.99, which includes the ability to write out scenes within the app.

This app is extremely intuitive for most anybody. At the bottom you have the different tabs. The first tab is the “Novels” tab, where you set up the name of your novel, setting, theme, tone, POV (Point of View), premise and plot. Below that, you can group your novels (if they are parts of a series, I believe. I haven’t tried this part yet), attach scenes and attach ideas. The scenes and ideas are both in their own tabs at the bottom of the app.

The next tab is the “Scenes” tab, which will allow you to write your scenes. Under this tab, each scene has the ability to write in the title, novel, act, time, location, plot type, description and tension. Below these are sections to attach characters and ideas to the scene. At the top right-hand corner, you’ll see a little pencil shape and a trash bin. The pencil shape when pressed will turn the page over so that you can write your scenes.

The “Character” tab might be the most detailed tab of them all, not surprisingly. The options include name, role, age, species, race, gender, height, build, hair color, eye color, skin tone, character description, external conflict, external motivation, internal conflict, internal motivation, education, skills/talents, fears/phobias, traits, current residence and previous residence. Below these options are the option to add relations to other characters, attach novels, attach scenes and attach ideas.

The “Location” tab allows you to name the location, give it a description and attach it to novels, attach it to scenes and attach it to ideas.

For the “Ideas” tab, you can give it a name, description and attach it to any of the other categories.

As you can see, this is one powerful app, especially for on-the-go transit where you would be sitting with nothing to do for awhile. This feature is also great for the months of NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, where you have to meet a deadline of so many words of your novel within those months. If you guys decide to give this app a try, I hope you find it as amazing as I do!

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