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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 1.14

Ads French Localization
Fixes bug with PIN feature


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Customer Reviews

Best book writing app ever

I really love this app and it seems to have he perfect outline to help you write your novel/story/book. I strongly recommend it. For the writers out there, use this app!
Although I think this app can do better with the keyboard. They should have the commas, the periods, and quotation marks all on one page with the letters. You should be able to bold, underline or put the word in italics. The scene writing is confusing because there is a blank of white space that is blocking the way of the words. So that leaves little space for me to see the story and I have to keep scrolling down. There should be a button that makes the keyboard disappear and another button that makes it appear again.
But other than the keyboard stuff, I really love this app.

Amazing, but...

This app is VERY helpful in planning out a story arc and plot line of both a single book and an entire series. Can easily build character profiles, location descriptions, jot down random ideas and then attach all of those to the scenes you creat very easily, then attach those scenes to individual novels in whatever order you desire. The only thing i didn't like was that if you are working on more then one series, totally unconnected from each other whatsoever, there is no way to separate those character, scenes , locations and ideas from the other series. But if only working one series, then it would be a definite five star rating

An awesome app, BUT...

Don't get me wrong, this app rocks. It is an easy and efficient way to help organize ideas for those willing to write a novel. However, I think this app needs a minor change for people like me who tend to have more than one novel idea in mind. If I add a title for one story, add in a whole list of characters then add in a second story... the same list of characters is there from my previous story idea; the most I can do is to just add on to the list- which makes it harder for me to organize different stories. Otherwise, I think this app is pretty useful. I give it a 4 and hope it improves enough to earn a 5, within time ;)

A Novel Idea
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2013
  • Version: 1.14
  • Size: 1.2 MB
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Seller: Shawn Svacha

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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