Best app(s) to put write a novel/book

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Razeus, Oct 21, 2010.

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    Looking for some good apps to put ideas for a novel, short stories, etc. together. Also to be able to gather info (research) to be used in the novel. I guess I'm thinking for some kind of brainstorming app and some novel writing software. Suggestions?
     
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    I have found myself using Pages for taking notes and ended up creating many docs. It's not the best option. I have also tried many note taking apps but nothing really satisfied.

    Tried Adobe Ideas, Evernote, ibrainstorm, Mental Note, new notes, Wondershare, iPad standard Notes app and found I had info all over the place. I think I just like drawing and text typing but some other apps can capture/use images and web pages.

    You might find some of these work better for your methods.

    Havent seen (or even looked for) a Novel related app.

    P.S. I find I use Dictionary.com and GoodReader as supporting tools.
     
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    zhenya

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    Look into the Notebook apps - they are perfect for this type of thing as they let you group logical ideas together much like a true paper notebook, rather than keeping track of a bunch of individual files. Ones to consider might be Evernote (great cross-platform support), Notebooks for iPad (seems to be good if your primary focus is typing and maybe inserting a few documents), and Underscore Notify (best overall concept but still a little buggy. Type, draw, write, insert documents, pictures, web clippings, etc. And mark them up in a very flexible manner.)

    One thing to consider with some of these apps though is that they don't always have a way to back up the files directly - you can email or export copies of your notes, and everything is backed up to iTunes, but with some of them, if you set up a new device and don't want to or cant restore from a backup, there may be no way to restore your notebook to the working order it was in.
     
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    I found an app called Manuscript (the iPad version of it) for $9.99. I'm going to look deeper into this before shelling out the cash for it. I think this may fit the bill as I can organize my chapters and keep track with what's going on with characters, etc. too.
     
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    Re:Writing software

    Well if you are looking for brain storming application then i think Mind Mapping is a technique that allows users to create relationships out of pieces of information. It is extremely useful when a group of people are brainstorming a particular issue or idea and can be used to open up to ideas that you may not have normally thought of.For novel writing i will recommend you to use the Literal software since it is specially designed for novel writing,article writing etc.
     
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    Evernote. It can be on all your machines and they update each other. I use it all the time. It started being where I keep list so I would not rebuy CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays and put reminders of what I'm looking for and how much I was willing to pay for something. It turned into a place where I also keep my Fan Fiction.
     
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    Evernote works by connecting all the computers and phones you use daily, allowing you to capture something in one place and then access it from another.:)
     
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    Index card

    Let's you organize and rearrange easily, imports to final cut, etc.

    Best app out there for getting plot structure, etc together for more than just novels.
     
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    Thanks, just installed it. Exactly what I needed.
     
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    I third the Index Card recommendation. So much more useful than even real index cards; it's changed the way I think about storywriting.
     
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    Index card

    And it works with Scrivener on the Mac (the must have software for writers)
     
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    Text Block writer

    Text Block Writer is a virtual index card program for writers. It can be used to organize research papers, articles, fiction, non-fiction, books and whatever related to writing. It is intended for people like me who use paper index cards to write all the notes and pieces of an essay, and then arrange the pieces and then use that to type them into the computer.
     

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