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Novlr

Novlr(external link) is a novel-writing web app. You can use it on your phone just by adding it to your home screen. I used Novlr to write my novel for a while in 2018. It offers a nice, clean interface, with analytics/goal-setting features and also automatic version history.

At the time that I used it, its feature set was fairly basic: you could have files that would compile into your novel (whether you wanted one file per chapter or one file per scene was up to you), and you could have “note” files that would not compile. Its minimalistic interface was really appealing for writing in, though. At any rate, it seems to have added more features in there for better organisation, including the ability to nest chapters (or scenes), and a “card view” where you can give your files synopses and drag ’n’ drop to rearrange them if you need.

If you’ve already started a novel and are thinking about switching to Novlr, hopefully you’ve got it saved as a .docx file because that’s currently the only thing it can import. Similarly, if you want to export your work from Novlr, you can only do so as a .docx, .odt or PDF file. This is even though Novlr’s own editor is not a full-featured rich-text editor. That said, manually copying and pasting all your chapters is always an option (and undoubtedly what I did when I imported to and later exported from it, haha).

Back in 2018, Novlr was a subscription service that cost USD$10 per month or USD$100 per year. As of late 2022, they now have a free plan, which still offers goal-setting and versioning features, but only lets you write one single novel at a time. (It does have an archiving feature though, so I believe you can archive a novel you’re no longer actively working on in order to work on a different one.) The paid service – which is going up to USD$18/month or $180/year as of 1 December 2022 – offers proofreading, “backup to Google Drive”, and “publish to ePub” as features in addition to the ability to work simultaneously on multiple novels. I believe Novlr also has ambitions to monetise by adding things like paid short courses in writing, and even a marketplace for services like editing or book cover designs (with providers vetted in advance).