Novel way to help budding writers sees release of new online software
A new online version of a specialist software designed to help budding novelists has been launched by a Yorkshire entrepreneur.
The Novel Factory went on sale in 2012 and proved particularly popular with the US market. Developer Katja Kaine created the user-friendly tool for anyone writing a novel.
It was initially developed in a downloadable desktop format for use with Windows.
However, the latest online version allows users to access the software from any device with an internet browser, enabling them to work on their novel on the move.
Ms Kaine, who is from Otley, said: “The Novel Factory is suitable for anyone writing a novel, but I think it’s particularly beneficial for new writers because it gives them a structure to work within.
“We have worked closely with writers to develop the programme, taking their feedback on board, and I think that really shows in the finished product.
“The desktop and online versions are currently separate but, in the future, we hope to make it possible for customers to access their work in both formats.”
Both versions guide users through the novel-writing process step by step, posing relevant questions along the way.
They also include a ‘cast of characters’ with character development tools, a planning section that gives writers the structures and guidelines they need to ensure that their plot is consistent, and a scene section, where they can work on their novel scene by scene.
Users can also customise their writing space to suit their needs, as well as setting themselves targets against which they can measure their progress.
Author Paul Teague is a fan of the software. He said: “After writing my first book directly into Google Drive, I quickly realised that I needed to find a much better way of planning and managing my writing.
“I can’t even remember how I discovered The Novel Factory, but I didn’t even wait for the seven-day trial to end. The minute I opened it up, I knew it was for me and paid for my licence immediately. I have now plotted out eight novels using the software and, every time I deploy it, I find new features that I can use.”