Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Roundup

Another year draws to a close. It’s been an interesting, and exciting time for me. I joined a reading group, and a writing group, and made some some wonderful friends at both.

I launched 6 new apps this year!

I also contributed for Flash Fiction Day, and entered the Costa Short Story Competition, and most recently, the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.

I haven’t seen as many films as I’d like – I did quite enjoy Man of Steel, although there’s very little left of Metropolis at the end of the film for Clark to protect…

So what does the future hold?

App-wise, I'm looking at an update for Plotline, followed *possibly* by small updates for the iPad versions of Saving Jar and Word Count Dashboard. Then, taking what I learned while building the export for Plotline, I’m going to investigate putting a similar sort of export into Character Folio, and possibly Subplot.

There’s no guarantee that anything will come of that investigation, but we’ll see how it goes.

On a writing note, I’m going to be carrying on with a new novel, Intertwined, while also getting Spark of Humanity ready for publication.

Thanks to everyone that’s bought one of our apps this year – have a happy, safe, and productive new year.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Say hello to my little friend

We're launching a new application today, and it's a bit of a departure for us: it's an iPad exclusive, not a Mac app, nor a conversion of an existing app.

Plotline is a planning tool for writers designed to help you plan out the flow of the scenes for a novel or screenplay.

Plotline breaks stories down into plotlines and scenes. You add plotlines to cover the key strands of your story, then add scenes that reference those plotlines. For example, you could have a plotline called "Main Plot", "Protagonist Subplot", or name them after your characters: "Jack", "Jane Subplot", etc.

Plotline breaks a story down into the classic 3-act structure, but splits Act 2 into 2 parts. So you have Act 1, Act 2 Part 1, Act 2 Part 2, and Act 3.

You add scenes to each act segment, and set the intensity value for each scene (a measure of how dramatic or intense you want the scene to be.) Plotline builds up a view of your scenes in a way that allows you to see the ebb and flow of your scenes as you ramp up the tension and then let scenes breathe afterwards.

Plotline can export the breakdown of your scenes to a text file, which you can import into your favourite editor. It can also export to OPML format, which can be used (for instance) to export the breakdown to software that supports the OPML format (e.g. Literature and Latte's Scrivener).

Plotline also includes a set of help documents to guide you through using the app.

Plotline is available on the App Store for iPads running iOS 6.1 or later.