Writing a novel is a large undertaking. True Novelist was created to make the process as easy as possible for authors.
What is True Novelist?
True Novelist provides a way for authors to write their novel online, organize their story, view statistics about their project and writing habits, set goals, keep track of related research, and more.
True Novelist was shut down effective on January 31, 2022.
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True Novelist is shutting down effective January 31st, 2022.
I tried to novelist for a while, last year I think it was. It is very good, as far as it goes. The problem is it doesn't go very far, so it rapidly outlives its usefulness. Now let me be more specific. I think it would be very useful for organizing a real first rough draft, when you don't exactly know what your stories yet and your "pantzing" as it were, or if your 'free form' outlining, my phrase for it. For those portions of the writing process it has a lot of the functions of a scrivener for example and works roughly similar to scrivener. However, beyond the first rough draft or the first outline true novelist becomes useless, more or less. Because you can't export your work in a really compatible format, like even.rtf for example. It only export in HTML, which makes no sense. So it is very hard your work over to another program for further development or revision. This alone quickly made to novelist useless for me. Also, the very nice guy who developed it, Eric, I think his name is is no longer supporting it. If he did I told him a for-profit application out of the thing. But he doesn't have time or even the interest in doing so anymore. So I really wouldn't recommend to novelist to anyone at this point. My advice is please don't bother with it. The developer really does want to hear from frustrated users anymore. Yes it's there if you want it to use it but you do so completely at your own risk, which I wouldn't do. A better option Wavemaker. Wavemaker is also completely free, with an optional donation either monthly of two or five dollars or one time for $20 or $50. But the developer Ian, that's not pressure anyone to donate, although many eventually to. It has all the functionality of true novelist and then some. In many ways it works better than scrivener. Wavemaker is really a superior program, and it is very actively supported and under development with lots of happy users. If you need help all you have to do is contact the developer either through YouTube or preferably Reddit.
Seems to be "done right" - simple and smooth with enough features but... Right now it's a web only and the mobile view doesn't work at all (you can't download it as an app from a browser on a smartphone either). It saves right there and needs no sync, so I wish they work on it. But for now there are better alternatives (I don't switch PCs a lot so for me offline apps are fine though)
True Novelist is a truly interesting program with some nifty features, Grammarly support, and simple formatting tools. However, without offline support, it's useless in places without internet. Google Docs has seamless offline functionality, which makes it absolutely preferable over TN. On top of that, I've experienced quaky server availability from TN, so even when connected, writing is an intermittent and frustrating endeavor. Fix the server and enable offline, and I'll be back.