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.
Are you excited or…daunted to write a single word of your book?
I understand how it feels like when you’re obliged to know how to begin writing your novel. Especially if it’s your first. 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. If not, you will never start anything.
If you ever did, you can perfectly describe that addiction you can never resist. No matter how tired you are from your day job nor sick, writing that story remains the driving force to wake up every single day and move forward.
Of course, it ain’t easy.
It’s difficult when you put yourself sitting in front of the laptop, staring at the blank page. All you can do is muzzle or rub your face up or scratch your head, confused what to write about. “What’s next?” You tell yourself all the time.
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.
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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. Why? 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.
Dabble is owned by one man. He’s the only one who updates and runs the program, including all its functions and future updates.
He’s the sole programmer who keeps developing features for the writers to take advantage. In fact, he’s the only one who moderates the forums.
Dabble is a one-man company.
Because of that, as well as his love to write and help others through his skill as a programmer, I have been paying a monthly subscription on Dabble worth approximately $10.
Not only that, Jacob’s software makes my dream of finishing my books possible. 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.
How cool is that?
What Does Dabble 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 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 Dabble Writer’s mobile version and other writing and editing features, including font themes, images, spelling & grammar checker.
Further, Jacob also listed down further plans he has in mind for Dabble, which I’m really excited about. You can see more of his roadmap here.
How Pricey Dabble App Is?
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. Nothing more. Nothing 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.
I recommend doing this, especially to those beginner writers out there, who wanted to upgrade their writing endeavors with the use of third-party novel writing tools like Dabble.
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).
Limitations of Dabble App As A Writing Software
Setting its recent launching aside, the only thing I see as a limitation for Dabble 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.
That means, as obvious as it sounds, if you’re a screenwriter, Dabble isn’t right for you. If you’re a novelist or a fiction writer, yes, you can. If you’re a non-fiction writer and want to give it a shot, there may be some features that aren’t applicable for you.
But in the plot grid section, instead of inserting scenes there, 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.
How To Begin Writing Your Novel Using Dabble App And Finish 3 Books In 1 Year As I Did?
To get you started with writing your first novel using this wonderful, yet minimalistic software, check out this video below to see how beginner user-friendly this is.
This is a lengthy video of me discussing about the whole process – from how I wrote 3 books in 1 year to the novel-writing software I recently discovered and how you can use it on your own works.
Final Thoughts About Finishing 3 Books In 1 Year Using This Novel-Writing Software
Overall, using a third party novel writing software is helpful to us, writers, when it comes to productivity versus relying on word processor alone.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using them, however, for the sake of focus and organization of your story, it’s best to use applications like Dabble.
Without it, finishing 3 lengthy novels in one year is impossible. Swear. I wrote my Filipino historical romance “30 Days With Mr. Weirdo” using a word processor and it took me months to finish it.
But when I switched to Dabble when I wrote “Accidental Quest,” mystery-romance-action novel for my NaNoWriMo entry, I finished it within 30 days. I used the same app for the rest of my works like “The Rival,” my recently concluded novel on Wattpad, “Trapped Prince,” and the list goes on.
Overall, when you begin writing your novel using Dabble, it’s a pleasant experience. Especially if you’re new to this writing industry.
Just so you know, writing a novel requires a lot of emotional and spiritual preparation from you. And without any tools to gear you up, it’d be a tremendous workload. I swear. I’ve been through that hell, and I promised myself I won’t do that again. Like ever.