My Experience with Novel Factory Software
This is a brief update to my recent experience with the Novel Factory Software. Last month, I posted my intentions to take advantage of the trial version found on their website.
After launching the very user-friendly software on the Dell Computer I recently bought on Amazon. In a matter of minutes, the software was up and running, but it wasn’t until later that night that I finally got around to trying it out. I started by organizing my thoughts for my upcoming book: “Predator’s Revenge”, the sequel to my recent “Skipping Childhood” novel.
Organizing Your Manuscript
First off, I want to say that I think this software is fantastic, and idea for the author who is in the very beginning stages of trying to organize their manuscript. If you have trouble thinking in outline form or putting your thoughts together in a logical way, this is the software that can help you. Sometimes as writers, when we first start having ideas for a particular project, there is no kind of structure to the story, if you even have a story somewhat thought out. Writers often create stories around specific people, places and things that give them inspiration for a book. But this is not always the case. Sometimes we have an actual story in mind, complete with ideas for plots and twists, however, no thought has been given to specific characters, places or things.
In either case, you should try and get all the assistance you can, when it comes to organizing your manuscript in a logical way. The Novel Factory Software can help you with this. It highlights main categories like: “Characters” and “Scenes”, but it provides prompts to help you input all the necessary specifics about each category entry. So instead of merely suggesting that you create a “Character profile” in the character’s section, they provide some prompts to help you actually flesh out the character profile, such as: Description, age, language and accents, attitude, etc…
Best for Training
Personally, I believe this is best used as an excellent training tool to help new authors focus on the building blocks of a good manuscript. All the useful information and details it provides along the way is best utilized by newbies who can appreciate what their learning. Authors who have published books before can also benefit when their new book idea has not been thought out and they have no clue about their characters, settings and scenes. However some experienced authors who already have some well thought out characters, settings and places in mind may become impatient with the software.
In many ways, I felt like it was redundant for me to take time to insert information into the various fields for reference sake. But that is because I had previously committed many of the details to memory, not to mention making actual notes. I only used the software up to a certain point and became sidetracked with an unrelated issue. I wasn’t able to get back to it before the trial period ran out, so I didn’t get to finish the final conversion step. I do have to admit that my characters are even more developed, and I know exactly where my story is going. The software helped in this respect.
My conclusion on this particular product is that you can benefit from it no matter what level of writer you are, BUT the software is more advantageous at different stages of the writing process than others.