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 a software to aid you in that process.
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 for a writing app that’s going to give you 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?
I understand how it feels like when you’re obliged to know how to begin writing your novel, you first one.
It does feel scary and frustrating at the same time. You want to write that story so bad, yet, something pulls you back.
Writing 60,000 to 100, 000 words for a single piece of work overwhelm you. A lot. But you know what, you won’t regret the experience.
That is if you start now. Otherwise, you will never start anything.
I know that feeling myself when I didn’t know how to begin writing novels back then. Although I’ve written a lot of drafts over the years, I still find myself stuck in the writing process.
So, I can tell you a piece of advice. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Loosen up and let the ideas flow. They’re inside your head, but your perfectionism blocks that path all the time.
To help with that struggle, I discovered a novel writing app which I find interesting and very helpful with my writing needs. I discovered Jacob’s software when I was writing in NaNoWriMo 2018, as one of their sponsors.
Out of curiosity, I clicked on the icon and immediately fell in love with the application.
This writing software helps me a lot with finishing 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 the process how I finished 3 books in 1 year. Continue reading the post until the end. 🙂
What is Dabble Writer?
Dabble Writer, simply 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 in his program is that his overwhelming passion to help writers to organize their writing is oozing to me.
Before I discovered Dabble, I really find it hard to finish one book. But with the aid of his work, I managed to finish 3 books in 2018.
This amazing app is owned by one man. He’s the only one who updates and runs the program, including all its functions and future updates.
Not only his motivation to 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 on the lead, I’m quite amazed.
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?
What Does Dabble Writer Offer?
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 have 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, as well as the 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 just call it that way) appears to you?
When you start writing, the tools you see on the side disappears to allow you to focus on writing rather than looking at the tools i.e. the word count, your chapters, etc.
Other than that beautiful feature, Jacob listed the following features that are already completed from September to November:
Expected to come out soon will be its mobile version and other writing and editing features, including font themes, images, spelling & grammar checker. You can see more of his roadmap here.
How Much Does It 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.
To me, it’s cost equates buying a paperback in my favorite bookstore in the next city.
Below is a screenshot of Scrivener’s monthly subscription, so you can compare which of which is more convenient to you.
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 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).
Can You Use It For Everything?
Setting its recent launching aside, the only thing I see as a limitation is that it’s exclusively for novels.
Unlike Scrivener, you can do any writing with the app like screenwriting, scriptwriting, etc. Dabble is ONLY for novels and stories.
But in the plot grid section, instead of inserting scenes, you might want to include important points for your book instead. 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 choose to try this amazing writing app for 14 days and see if it works for you or not.
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.
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