Plotist version Doctorow released: Introducing licensing and writing6 min read

by | Sep 20, 2017 | Plotist

Our journey to bring Plotist to where we leave beta, is finally over. Our Adams release introduced timeline modifications and mobile support.  We put time into ensuring our community focused Bendis release helped you find fellow authors and share your work. Clarke brought collaboration, huge UI redesigns to improve your user experience, and a help center. And finally we release version Doctorow, and boy is this a big one!

We try to name every new big Plotist version after an author or writer that inspires us. This version is named after Cory Doctorow who is a known fiction and nonfiction writer. He is also a supporter of Creative Commons. Considering this version brings a new Story/Writing Module and a new Licensing option that includes Creative Commons, we felt it fitting to name it after Doctorow! You can find him on twitter.

Hello Stories

We gave a sneak peek at what the writing module was going to be like in our announcement post about Plotist leaving beta. Now we present this fantastic module for you to play with.  This feature, which is available for you try out now, gives you the freedom to structure your writing how you need to in order to stay on target.

It helps to understand that stories and worlds are two different concepts within Plotist. Worlds are used to store information about characters, locations, objects, and events. Using these elments, you can create timelines to help plot out your stories. But there was one important element missing, and that was the ability to actually put flesh on the bones of those timelines and to actually write the story itself. Until now.

Creating Stories

When you go to your dashboard, you will find a new option to create a new Story. After going through the wizard you can start immediately creating new chapters, sections, and scenes. How you name and use these sections is totally up to you! One of our team members has a section for her book, another for the lexicon of creatures in her story, and another to hold chapters and scenes she is not sure she wants to use.  Another team member only has chapters with individual scenes inside them. The power is in your hands.

Organising Stories

Each time you create a new section, chapter, or scene, you can add a brief summary to help see what you want to write at a glance. Or you could be creative and use it as a way to store notes about editing changes you want to make, or leave a little message for your collaborators. Again the power is in your hands.

Outlining and Word Counts

As you build your sections, chapters, and scenes, you will see them appear in the Outline. This allows you to view your sections and quick notes at a glance and also lets you see your word count for your chapters/sections/scenes as well as the total word count of your story! The word count only takes into account your written words and not your summary information.

Writing Stories

As writers ourselves, we understand how precious each and every word is, and that’s why we auto-save your stories frequently. This is one feature of our writing module that was on the drawing board from day one!

Collaborative Stories

If you’re writing with others, you will be able to watch in real time as the words created by your collaboration buddy show up. No need to refresh the page, or wait. At the moment we only allow one person at a time to edit a section, chapter, or scene. You’ll always be able to see whether or not the page is locked by looking at the bottom center of the page.

There is more, but we want to you to experiment and see what works best for you! And remember if you have suggestions bring them to us. We have plans to add even more features and options in the future.

The world of licensing

If you share worlds or stories, you will want to specify how you want your rights to be protected. We offer settings to allow you to pick the option that best suits each individual world or story. You can find this new option in the settings menu for the world or story. You can then select what type of license you want to apply to that individual creative work.

We understand that the the concept of copyright and licensing can be bewildering. We have two support documents to help you understand your options: Quick Guide, About Copyright in Plotist.

The future’s so bright

This is not the end of our development plans. Even after we leave beta, we will still be working hard to bring to Plotist new features, implement new options, and continue to work to improve your writing experience.

As a reminder, we’re leaving beta October 2, 2017. That’s not very far away. Take a moment to read up on what this means to you. If you have any questions come seek out us in the forums, or reach out to us through the help center’s live chat!

Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you. None of this would have been possible with your feedback, suggestions, and incredibly supportive words. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Happy Plotting!


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