Dabble Writer Review: Best Book Writing Apps & Secrets In 2023

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Learning how to begin writing your novel is an overwhelming process. Lots of things to absorb and put into practice. But if we’re sincere enough to improve our craft, I don’t think it would be that hard, especially if you’re using software to aid you in that process.

UPDATE on Dabble App VS Scrivener (Please consider this.)

You may save more on Scrivener because you only pay for the Standard or Educational License once.

With Dabble App, you may have to spend $10/month to keep your subscription and continue to get access to your drafts.

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Dabble Writer Review: An Introduction

You’re worried. And you’re about to open your pocket and spend a dime on writing software. Is that how writing a masterpiece should be?

You think you need to spend a lot of money on a writing app that will give you a great time… and money.

You want to try a special software that magically morphs your story idea into a blockbuster, a best-selling book.

You believe that your writing skills aren’t enough without those things.

Am I right?

To help with that struggle, I discovered a novel writing app that I find interesting and helpful with my writing needs. I discovered Jacob’s software when I was writing for NaNoWriMo 2018 as one of their sponsors.

Out of curiosity, I clicked on the icon and fell in love with the application.


This writing software helped me finish the books I wanted to write from the beginning.

So, let’s dive into it, shall we?

Also, I added a video tutorial below if you want to know how I finished 3 books in 1 year. Continue reading the post until the end. 🙂

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Don’t worry. I don’t recommend something I don’t personally use.

What is Dabble Writer?

Dabble Writer, known as Dabble, is a writing software Jacob Wright developed with love in 2004 in his basement in Colorado, USA.

The one thing I decided to sign up for his program is his overwhelming passion for helping writers organize their writing.

Before I discovered Dabble, I found it hard to finish one book. But with the aid of his work, I managed to finish 3 books in 2018.

How To Begin Writing Your Novel Using Dabble Writer App Books I Finished in 2018 dabble writer review uploaded by Mecyll Gaspary on December 30, 2018.

One man owns this amazing app. He’s the only one who updates and runs the program, including all its functions and future updates.

Not only his motivation help pushes him to keep the writing app better, but he also amazingly manages to moderate forums. It is indeed a one-man company. With Jacob in the lead, I’m quite amazed.

Learn how to start writing your novel using Dabble Writer app Landing Page dabble writer review uploaded by Mecyll Gaspary on December 30, 2018.
Photo credits: Dabblewriter.com

Not only that, Jacob’s software makes my dream of finishing my books possible. Because of that, I have been paying a monthly subscription worth approximately $10.

How cool is that?

Dabble Writer VS Scrivener

The closest comparison I could think of is Scrivener. However, Dabble app has more minimalist features than the former.

I tried it once, but I disliked the overloaded features I had to go through compared to how Dabble is structured.

Like it promises to its writers, the app helps writers, especially the new ones, organize the manuscript, story notes, and plot.

Because of the automatic invisibility of the tools on the side, it gives you the space to write with focus (without the distractions created by the tools on the sides).

What does automatic sidebar invisibility (I call it that way) appear to you?

When you start writing, the tools you see on the side disappear to allow you to focus on writing rather than looking at the tools, i.e., the word count, your chapters, etc.

Dabble Writer Features

Other than that beautiful feature, Jacob listed the following features that are already completed from September to November:

How To Begin Writing Your Novel Using Dabble Writer App M Gaspary Blog dabble writer review uploaded by Mecyll Gaspary on December 30, 2018.
Some of the features Jacob Wright has included in Dabble as of 2018.

Its mobile version and other writing and editing features will be expected to come out soon, including font themes, images, spelling & grammar checker. You can see more of his roadmap here.

How Much Does Dabble Writer Cost?

Dabble doesn’t cost that much versus the closest competitor. The app charges $9.99 per month and $99.99 per year. That’s all.

No more. No less.

Its cost equates to buying a paperback in my favorite bookstore in the next city.

Below is a screenshot of Scrivener’s subscription for a full Standard or Educational License, so you can compare which is more convenient for you.

How To Begin Writing Your Novel Using Dabble Writer App Pricing VS Scrivener dabble writer review uploaded by Mecyll Gaspary on December 30, 2018.

This is Scrivener’s pricing for Mac version of the app, but as for other OS like Windows has similar price range. You’d see not that much difference.

If you want to try the app, you can get a 14-day trial period for FREE without a credit card required from you.

Simply sign up and download the app right through your desktop or your laptop and begin the experience. It’s 123 MB versus 183 MB Scrivener (FREE version).

What’s Dabble Writer Best For?

Setting its recent launching aside, the only thing I see as a limitation is that it’s exclusively for novels.

Unlike Scrivener, you can write with the app, like screenwriting, scriptwriting, etc. Dabble is ONLY for novels and stories.

But in the plot grid section, you might want to include important points for your book instead of inserting scenes. I find it sensible, too.

Other than these downsides, I thought about the writing app, there’s none.

Conclusion – Try Dabble Writer Now!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money when you’re about to start your writing career, though relying on third-party programs like this aids you in the process—making sure you finish what you started.

It’s still up to you whether you try this amazing writing app for 14 days and see if it works for you.

So, what are you going to do next?

Would you claim your 14-day FREE trial and work on your book today? Or would you rather stick with your writing system without cost?

The choice is yours.

If you want to try, you can claim it here.

If you like this post, feel free to share it with your friends and family, especially those searching for great writing software.

If you have something to add, you can leave them in the comment section below. I’ll be happy to read them. 🙂

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8 responses

  1. I understand you love Dabble Writer, but you’re giving a false information regarding Scrivener cost, when you say that Scrivener as a monthly subscription of 45$. That value is actually for buying a full license of the software, that you can then use for years. No monthly payment, therefore, which makes Scrivener substantially cheaper than Dabble.

    1. Thank you, João, for the clarification. I’ll review this post with the information you mentioned. Thank you for pointing this out. 🙂

  2. Impressive and powerful suggestion by the author of this blog are really helpful to me.

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this post. I am delighted to know that you find the suggestions powerful and impressive. 🙂

  3. Natalie Smith Avatar
    Natalie Smith

    I want to write my book

    1. So, what’s your plan to get you started, Natalie?

  4. Hugh Beach Avatar
    Hugh Beach

    What software is available to assist those who have already composed a complete draft?
    For example, is there a means of assembling dialogue according to individuals so that one can check for continuity of speech and character?
    Is there a way to mark passages of overly long description instead of action? Or is there nothing but grammar checking?
    Can one gather dates to help avoid timeline blunders?
    Could one mark changes in POV?
    While it might have been beneficial to have started with Dabble, I wonder what it can do for those who did not.

    1. You can try Reedsy editor. Go to http://www.reedsy.com and sign in as an author to access their free editor so you can go through your completed draft. They also provide a free typesetting feature if you like to see how your book will be formatted when you self-publish it.

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