Novel way to help bud­ding writ­ers sees re­lease of new on­line soft­ware

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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.”

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