You’ve finished your first draft.
Fictionary is a breakthrough online tool for visualizing, evaluating, and editing your manuscript.
Turn your first draft into a story readers love.
Visualize, Evaluate, & Edit Your Manuscript
The Story Arc, Automated!
Visualize the structure of your story to quickly see the best placement for plot events. Easily find where your characters enter and exit your story in relation to your plot.
Scene by Scene Evaluation
Keep track of your characters, evaluate your plot, and create engaging settings. Edit your draft to ensure your story works and every scene counts.
Consider the purpose of your scenes based on the words and character names used most.
Cast of Characters
Automatically generated on import of your manuscript. See how many characters are in your story and the number of scenes each character is in.
Evaluate the pacing of your manuscript based on word count per scene. Shorter scenes increase the pace, longer scenes slow things down.
Built-In Rewrite Tips
Insightful tips for improving your story exactly when you need them! No more searching for writing advice.
Keep track of your big-picture edit and know when you've completed a comprehensive rewrite.
Organizes your manuscript by chapter and scene for viewing in the app
Guides you through a comprehensive, scene-by-scene structural rewrite
Captures and evaluates Key Elements of Fiction for Character, Plot, and Setting
Explain the Key Elements of Fiction and how each is best applied to your writing
Status for scenes and key elements keeps you on track to complete your rewrite
Share Fictionary results and advice with other writers
Fictionary has been developed for writers, by writers.
FOR WRITERS BY WRITERS 🙂
Creating Fictionary began when I finished the first draft of my first novel. By then I'd read over 50 how-to-write and how-to-self-edit books. I’d taken writing courses and workshops, and had 100s of writing and rewriting tips swirling about in my head.
I knew I had to begin the rewriting process and improve the quality of my draft before sharing my work but I didn’t know how to go about it..
HOW TO EVALUATE AND EDIT?
How was I supposed to remember the torrent of advice and apply it to each scene? A spreadsheet, that’s how!
I created a spreadsheet with a chapter-by-chapter, scene-by-scene structure. Then I listed the different writing advice I needed to consider for EVERY scene. I ended up with over 35 “Key Elements of Fiction”. I used the reports from the spreadsheet to visualize my novel.
After the hard work of self-evaluating and rewriting my drafts, the high quality of my fiction was validated when my first two novels were shortlisted for prestigious crime writing awards and I landed my publisher (Imajin Books).
My first editor said: “If every manuscript was this good, my job would be so easy!”
The next exciting moment came when DESCENT, my first novel, hit #1 on Amazon’s hot new releases. I’ve since sold the German rights to Luzifer-Verlag for publication in Germany. Imajin Books also published BLAZE and AVALANCHE.
Along came Michael with MAXWELL HUXLEY’S DEMON and THE RIGHT TURN, and we ran the same spreadsheet. By this time we’d covered the mystery, horror, and young adult genres.
Surely we weren’t the first authors to struggle with rewriting our first drafts, so we searched for an app to address our problem but found nothing. We did discover that many writers struggled with rewriting drafts and ended up using tools such as spreadsheets, whiteboards, or yellow stickies.
That’s when it hit us. We thought other writers could benefit from our immediate approach to evaluating, editing, and rewriting first drafts.
The excitement was too much for Mathew to sit by and watch, so he decided to get involved. He knows technology and how to run a business.
Michael, Mathew, and I developed Fictionary in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
We’d love to hear from you, understand your rewriting challenges, and incorporate your ideas into Fictionary.