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iPad Novel Writing Project (Part 2): Outlining

The following is part of my iPad Novel Writing Project, in which I attempt to outline and write a middle grade novel from scratch on my iPad.

I've started creating a rough outline of my story using Manuscript's add/edit chapter feature. Clicking on "ADD CHAPTER" lets you add a chapter title and a brief description.

My plan: to use this feature to write a brief summary of the action in each chapter. I like the fact that the list of chapters includes a brief excerpt from each chapter summary, and that I can rearrange the chapters in any order.

What I don't like:

- Dropdown chapter editing box is small, so you can only see a few chapters at a time without  having to scroll.

- Because the chapter editing box is so small, rearranging the order of the chapters is a pain, especially if you have a lot of chapters.

- When you add a chapter, the new chapter goes to the END of the chapter list...again, a pain if you have a lot of chapters.

I think I'm going to look for another iPad app to do my outlining. More in an upcoming post...

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Reader Comments (2)

I know it's not quite the same, but do you use any mindmapping software?

I LURVE iThoughtsHD. Quite the best and prettiest software I've seen for the task. Just what I imagined but never found when looking for software to replicate the process.

Might be helpful for chapter heads and ideas...

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

JULIE, our minds are as one. I'm working on outlining in iThoughtsHD right now. :-)

August 31, 2010 | Registered CommenterDebbie Ridpath Ohi

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