Welcome to Fictionary, we’re glad you are here!   

Step 1.  Get Started

You’re first step is to confirm that Fictionary has your manuscript organized and ready to edit.

You’ve made it this far, so the initial Import Manuscript is complete. Time to move on to confirming Chapters & Scenes and Cast of Characters.

      Import Manuscript

        Confirm Chapters & Scenes

        Confirm Cast of Characters 


Step 2.     Visualize Your Manuscript 

Have a look at the reports automatically generated by Fictionary. See your manuscript like never before.


Step 3.     Evaluate Your Scenes

Capture, evaluate, and edit your story with the key elements fiction for Character, Plot, and Setting.


Step 4.  Fictionary Edit Complete    

Way to go!  You’re ready to export your great story and move along your publishing journey.

A few things to know before importing your manuscript:

 Your manuscript needs to be in a Microsoft Word .docx​ file.

 Each chapter needs to start with the word “Chapter​” in plain text or as a heading.

Note, “Chapter” cannot be formatted as a list or an image.

Here is an example using plain text:

Chapter 1
I shut the refrigerator door for the fifth time. Why did I keep looking inside the box for answers? Food wouldn’t solve my problems.


 Multiple scenes within chapters need to be separated by a scene break character ​such as * * * between the scenes.

If you already have a scene break character in your manuscript, you can use that. If not, choose a scene break character that is unique in your manuscript and enter it between scenes. Do not use a scene break character at the end of a chapter or in chapters that only have one scene.

Here is an example of  scene break character. I’ve used * * * to separate the scenes.

I knew I should get off the ice, but I couldn’t move. I lay on my back, panting. The black water called me. All I had to do was roll over and slide in.
* * *
Daisy hovered over me. Her huge front paws pranced near my shoulder. She licked my face and neck with her cold tongue. Her body blocked my way to the hole of death.


 If you have a prologue, please ensure you have the word “Prologue” on it’s own line of text in your manuscript.

 When you’ve taken care of the above, follow the 4 steps as outlined on the “Let’s Import Your Manuscript” page.

Use the   Reimport Manuscript command (found under your userid icon-top right) if your manuscript did not import correctly.

For Scrivener users, please see our handy 4 step guide to creating a Word .docx file.

The   Guide is your dashboard for Fictionary. From here you can navigate to all pages and see your progress through your big-picture edit/rewrite.

The main sections include:

Step 1.    Get Started

Step 2.    Visualize Your Manuscript

Step 3.    Evaluate Your Scenes

Step 4.  Fictionary Edit Complete  


 Progress Tracking

Progress by Scene tracks the number of scenes you have evaluated and marked as completed.

Progress by Key Elements tracks the percentage of Key Elements of Fiction that you have considered/completed.

  • For Character Elements, Fictionary automatically determines your Character List for every scene. Likewise, the POV Character is auto filled, however, it is up to you to confirm the POV Character for each scene.
  • For Plot and Setting Elements, once you input data for a particular element, the percent complete increases. To get a detailed view of your Progress by Element, click the Progress View Report link.


Advanced Key Elements of Fiction enables you to take your big-picture edit to the next level.  The advanced elements allow you to consider more complex aspects of your writing such as character goals, tension, conflict, backstories, and emotional impact. When selected, the Advanced Elements will appear on the Evaluate page.

  Visualize Your Manuscript lists a number of reports that provide feedback on your manuscript. They are grouped by entire Manuscript, Plot, Character and Setting. These reports help you quickly see your story like never before.

The following reports were automatically generated by Fictionary on importing your manuscript:

  • Story Arc
  • Word Count per Scene
  • Scenes per Chapter
  • Characters per Scene
  • Scenes Per Character
  • Point of View

The following reports require you to consider and capture information from your manuscript when evaluating your scenes:

 For all reports, click on the associated Rewrite Tip for detailed explanations.

The Key Elements Per Scene and Setting Elements Per Scene change depending of whether you are working in Advanced mode or not.

This is the heart of your structural edit. It’s where you Evaluate Your Scenes and get creative with your rewrite.

 Fictionary helps you consider and analyze your writing by providing 35 Key Elements of Fiction for Character, Plot, and Setting.  For each scene, you can evaluate your work against these elements, and determine if your story is working.

 As you capture information from your manuscript for each element, Fictionary starts building out your story structure report. Use these reports to Visualize Your Manuscript and see exactly where and how to improve your story.

  •  The text of your scene is presented in the middle. Here you can edit your story and add/delete scenes as required.
  • On the right, you’ll update the Key Elements of Fiction. Fictionary has automatically filled out some of the elements for you.
  • There are links you can click on, drop down menus, and text boxes that you fill out with your own words. To see the text boxes hover beside the Key Element you want to update.

 For each element, Rewrite Tips are available to explain the best way to consider and apply the element to your writing.

 The list of Key Elements expands if you are in Advanced Mode.

 The scene numbers and names are listed on the left. If the circle beside a scene turns red, you’ve updated data and need click on the Save button.

 Click on the Word Cloud to see your scene displayed as a word cloud. This will help you determine your scenes purpose by looking at the most used words.

 Click the check box beside the Scene # if you have completed working on this scene and are happy with your writing. You’re progress will be updated on the Guide.

In the   Toolbox you’ll find the following:

  1.  Advanced toggle button.
  2.    Cast of Characters
  3.    Reading Room


Advanced Key Elements of Fiction

Enables you to take your big-picture edit to the next level.  The advanced elements allow you to consider more complex aspects of your writing such as character goals, tension, conflict, backstories, and emotional impact. When selected, the Advanced Elements will appear on the Evaluate page.


Reading Room

When you find you need a quite place to read your manuscript without thinking about editing, this is the place. It’s great for quickly reading your scenes side-by-side and see how they flow.

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