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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

Great But Could Be Better

I love how you can plan your whole story out with this app. It's so great for people who love to write because everything is really organized and you can find everything right away. I also like how users can categorize everything, but I don't like that you have to type the category for every different thing that you add. It would've awesome if you could flip through categories that you already created or choose to create a new one. Also for the gender in the character mode, you have to type the gender. I would prefer that you only have to click either male or female instead of having to type it in every time. It would also be helpful if there was a description (and maybe examples???) in things that aren't obvious (eg. internal/external conflict, internal/external motivation, premise , etc.) that a beginning writer (or anyone!) could look at to know what to write or give them more to think about to expand on already awesome ideas. I think that would be really helpful, at least for me. Also, I think that having to press "save" every time you make a change and leave the page is VERY annoying. But all-in-all, this is an AMAZING app.

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*

So Great and Helpful

More than I was expecting, has nice, simple and helpful categories that help with thinking of the details of your story. Also everything (as far as I know) is completely free. I have nothing to complain about and I am glad that I found this. I've been looking for something like this in the app store for months. (Also it doesn't force you to publish your precious chapters to the world in an online writing community in order to use their features like all the other apps. I personally find this as a major plus. It totally helps if you feel more serious about writing an actual novel as opposed to teenager/amateur work (not that I'm not a teenager or anything but you know...something more serious than role-plays, fan fictions, and poems). Anyway this is a great app and I definitely recommend it because you can tell that they care about the future of writers and not just making money off of people. 💜😊

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: 4.3 MB
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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