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A Novel Idea

By Shawn Svacha

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A Novel Idea is the premier tool for plotting your story and recording bursts of inspiration. Use its simple interface to create your characters, locations, scenes, and novels and then link them together to create your story's plot. Use the Idea feature to quickly jot down your creative sparks and link them to your story elements. Arrange your scenes by dragging and dropping them into place. Add scene goals and objectives for each character. Plus more!

Items that can be edited include:

Novel – title, setting, theme, tone, point of view, premise, and plot.
Scene – title, act, time, plot type, description, tension level
Character – name, age, external conflict, external motivation, internal conflict, internal motivation, description
Location – name, description
Idea – description

Pro Version, available as an in-app purchase, adds the following:
Dropbox Syncing between devices
Scene writing
Word count
Export to iTunes
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Email export


"If you’re writing a novel, story, or play—or even a creative essay for school—this will definitely get the juices stirring and help organize your ideas." --

What's New in Version 1.15.2

Fixes bug in grouping.


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Customer Reviews

Pretty Nice

It's a pretty decent app overall, although there are some things that make me a bit crazy. I'm actually younger though, so I may have no idea what the heck I'm talking about. (I'm in middle school.) As someone said before, it sets it out in scenes like a play. It also has acts which I guess you could put in a book, but I don't see it very often and I read a lot. It also makes you press save after you write or everything you do goes down the drain, although you do get used to it after awhile. I actually use this app for the writing part as well. You can do the writing in the description part. It really helps organize your thoughts and help you with some sort of plan so your not like completely frustrated and confused. It also makes you chose a tension for each "scene" and I don't really know what to do for that, although I am younger like I said. Anyway, it's a great app. Also THERE ARE NO GLITCHES!!! That makes me so happy because I have had experience with glitchy apps *cough cough* GODUS*cough cough*

Great for a Would-Be Author

Writing is one of those things I've always been obsessive about. In all cases except school work, I usually get bored of the writing process until after I do a big prewrite. I feel obligated to do it. This app makes it so easy to organize every little thing, going so far into detail, making (at least me, personally) you think way more into the character you've already made. There are flaws, of course, but they're just minor kinks. For one, when you are writing two novels at once, there is no way to separate characters or scenes other than grouping them, which just adds a banner. For two, hitting save every time you do anything is a bit annoying, and I've missed the button more than once. In conclusion, it's a great app, but there are some things I want to see in future updates

Great app

I love using this app to help organize everything I'm working on. I love how simple and easy it is while still allowing me to get very detailed about what I'm working on. Love how many fields are in the character section. Wish locations went more in depth without lumping everything into the description. Would also like the ability to add fields in each of the major categories; so if there is something I wanted to add that wasn't there I could add the field and have it show up on the same screen instead of attaching an idea that I have to make on a different screen. Have found that it is easier to work on my ideas using this app to help me write. Other than a few small tweaks it's a wonderful app and a must have for writers.

A Novel Idea
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.15.2
  • Size: 3.0 MB
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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