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New Novelist--Start Writing Your Novel

by Creativity Software
Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Gets new writers started immediately
  • Provides alternative means for experienced writers
  • No blank screens - prompts and help at every turn
  • Drop down menus help create and develop ideas for characters and scenes
  • Work on as many different books as you want


System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000063UVS
  • Release Date: 8 Mar. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,343 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The idea that creative writing cannot be taught seems to be challenged by recent history. The creative writing course at Norwich, for instance, has produced authors including Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Andrew Miller; the latest attempt to impart the "rules of fiction" is Newnovelist--Start Writing Your Novel, a CD-ROM designed to assist the aspiring writer's learning curve.

Newnovelist aims to help writers hone their ideas, guiding them first to select the concept of their book, and then its category--be it an epic narrative, plot-driven or character-driven. After further honing the idea into a type of story (whether the tale is driven by a chase motif or revenge, for instance) the package gives tutorials on essential elements in creating the atmosphere of the novel and helping to picture the world that the characters inhabit. The final stage is to move from this to the creation of the story itself, with advice on the passages that will be necessary to realise the world and the characters successfully.

There is much that is valuable here in terms of plot and character, but some elements of the package are less helpful, particularly the section that asks the writer to give a one-line summary of their proposed book--nothing is more infuriating or awkward for an author than being asked to describe their book in half a dozen words. There is also no concentration on the importance of writing from inspiration and experience, and scant reference to the significance of prose style; in the end, without these elements, NewNovelist--Start Writing Your Novel can only be a piecemeal addition to the growing "industry" of teaching creative writing, although its tips on character and plot may well be helpful to some. --Toby Green

Manufacturer's Description

Newnovelist takes you on a journey. It harnesses your creativity, and helps you write your own novel.

By providing you with story creation steps, newnovelist breaks the writing process down into manageable chunks. You are provided with suggestions on how to use the steps, and the tempo to adopt; the degree of suspense to maintain, even the amount of time you might use for each element of your story. It prompts and suggests so you are never left alone with a blank screen or sheet of paper. You can keep track of notes that you make yourself, and store research notes and references that are easy to retrieve.

You can do all of this in the knowledge that newnovelist is maintaining a coherent plan for your story. The software provides you with freedom of expression that you want, within a logical framework that you need. So you can focus creativity and energy on the storytelling, and let us worry about structure.

Start a novel today. Start a dozen. Develop one character or a thousand. The only limit is your imagination!


Customer Reviews

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor 27 Nov. 2005
NewNovelist is a good idea, but the software is so riddled with bugs that it becomes unusable. For a start it will often lose the information you've stored in one of its files, so you lose every bit of work you've done.
Aside from the bugs, the idea of actually writing in this is laughable. There are no word-processing capabilities whatsoever. You can't change the font, font-size, use bullet-points, or anything. If you do write something you can't export it. You can only save it and open it in NN. You can't format your work, so you'd never want to submit it to a publisher! You can't even right-click in the text window should you want to copy and paste something!
Given that I paid £30 for it, I feel very ripped off. Don't buy this, just make your notes on paper and write your novel in Word.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New Novelist review 17 Nov. 2005
By maz
I bought this a few years back now and i noticed that this program is buggy and after a while you can't be bothered to put up with its errors anymore.
your probably better off just using word or something similiar. Seriously don't waste your money on junk like this.
you'll regret it.
i mean there is no spellcheck.
sometimes there is only so much you can write - (nn stops you from writing!?)
help feature sucks coz it doesn't help you.
and if you try to call up customer services to get the pin to unlock you wont get through EVER!
just use word - seriously!
new novelist is CRAP!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, poorly executed 10 Mar. 2005
By A Customer
On the plus side, this software helps me with what I wanted it to help me with. A big plus. It forces you to consider character in detail, story type and structure, the importance of location and several other facets of good story telling.
The big negative is that you can't access any of this in a printed, or even a comprehensive onscreen, report. That's right - you can spend hours detailing all aspects of your major and minor characters, only to find that the information is trapped in fairly unhelpful units in the software.
The really annoying thing is that the software itself claims that such reports can be generated. After an hour of head-scratching I called the company helpline and asked how I did this. The polite man on the other end of the phone admitted I'd stumbled on a 'hot potato', and that such reports couldn't be produced at the moment. An upgrade/patch is expected by the end of the year.
Until such a patch arrives, I'm loathe to invest time in the creation of data which I can't access in any useful form.
This is very disappointing, as the software itself is really rather good, and exceedingly useful, but until it's been improved I'm off to look at other options.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just use word, not this garbage. 7 July 2006
Okay, echoing the reviews of others, I have found this to not be user friendly, but it is not this that had me tearing out my hair, ripping the c.d from my computer and smashing it into a hundred pieces.

Beware, if you continue writing and saving, there is a cheeky little bug. It manifests itself like so; the save button suddenly changes function and deletes all your work. Not so bad, you may think, as long as you save regularly you will simply be able to retrieve a previously saved file. Oh no, not only does it delete every word you have written, it then saves it simultaneously, so that you are then left with nothing, all your hard work wiped out.

Just use word, this thing is a complete joke, a travesty for all would-be authors. Whoever created this monstrosity should be thoroughly ashamed, preying on peoples writing dreams at £25 a shot which is only more likely to deter potential authors.

This 1 star rating is far too generous as it is, but Amazon have neglected to include the 0 star facility.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Tilde
Despite what I say below, this still could be a useful kickstart to anyone who needs help in getting focus on their ideas for a book or story, but there are some significant drawbacks which limit its long term usefulness.
The prog itself is shockingly short, and takes about a nanosecond to install. In reality it is like a glorified spreadsheet - with muliple levels for storing data on places and characterisation (which is by far the most useful part)
It is particularly important to realise that will not actually write a book for you (that still takes effort!) but it will help you index and track characters, places, events. storyline.
It will NOT hold the text of your novel - which is probably a good thing, because the most significant limitation for me is the inability to print anything from it!! Having things electonically is one thing, but I can see no reason for NOT allowing you to print from it....maybe the programmers know something I don't
The tips on storyline etc are pretty basic and you'll only read them once. The structures offered for story framworks are limiting (although they can be edited) tend to become annoying - which is why I think you are likely to move away from this as a tool after using it for any length of time.
I can't thinking that once you have used this for a while, you will realise how easy it is to keep track of your own details in a spreadsheet - which allows you more flexibility - not to mention being able to print from it, and can be conveniently moved between your main computer and laptop.
In sumary - it manages to help you fill in details and keep track on characterisation and overall it is probably too expensive. Of course, the 64K question is 'How much is your book worth to you?' If this helps get a book out of you, then maybe its worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Newnovelist - early version
I bought Newnovelist years ago and am intrigued to see that it is still going. To be frank, I abandoned it because I found it did not suit my working methods as a published author. Read more
Published on 8 Jun. 2012 by Mr. Derek Denton
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless Garbage
I bought this when I bought my laptop, and I really wish I had read some of these reviews first. The main problem I had was that the software doesn't work with Windows Vista, even... Read more
Published on 7 Jan. 2009 by Poldy
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this one!
If you need a bad start to writing your novel... "Newnovelist" is the perfect writer's companion for you.

It seems to be based on "Story Craft" written John Jarvis. Read more
Published on 18 Sept. 2006 by James Mandeville
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the serious writer
The idea behind this software is good, but unfortunately the idea isn't carried through to the programme. If you want to write your novel to a formula, then it's for you. Read more
Published on 12 Aug. 2006 by A reader
1.0 out of 5 stars I wasted my money on this program.
If you want to write a novel that's falls withing the 1 of the few restrictive templates this program provides then you may, just about, be happy with this program. Read more
Published on 26 Sept. 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars impressed
I have just completed my first novel using this software. Before I used newnovelist I had problems starting my story, after installing this product it all seemed relatively easy. Read more
Published on 19 Aug. 2005 by Christopher Bowden
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure.....
I've got to be truthful, I am in two minds about this product. I only bought it several days ago, and I haven't explored it completely. Read more
Published on 7 April 2005 by "lorna_j"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great investment!
I ordered this a few days ago, and after ordering it, I read through some of the other reviews and got worried. I shouldn't have worried at all. Read more
Published on 19 Dec. 2004 by Valentine
3.0 out of 5 stars Losing the plot (almost)
First of all i found it installed and ran in Windows 98 with no problem, shame there's no Mac version though. Read more
Published on 4 July 2004 by K. Lester
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