Wednesday, October 10

Organize Your Novel With Hiveword

Organize Your Novel With Hiveword

I love the Writer's Knowledge Base. Every week mystery writer Elizabeth S. Craig posts writing related links she has tweeted that week and enters them into the knowledge base.

At the moment the knowledge base contains just under 2,000 links!

But that's not what I want to talk to you about. I'm excited about Hiveword, the online fiction organizer. When you sign up (it's free!) you get a sample story to play with, Harry Porter and the Guitar of Fire, that will help you figure out how it all works.

Hiveword: dashboard
Dashboard - Click to enlarge
Click on the story title and your story is displayed in the editor:

Editor - Click to enlarge
Scenes (and sequels!) are the building blocks of stories. So lets add a scene, I've called it: Harry learns to fly.
A new scene - Click to enlarge

Having created a new scene we add characters, which POV the scene is from, as well as the setting and the plotline(s) that are going to be furthered.

Need to create a new character? That's not a problem. A new character sheet will be generated. You can specify what your character looks like, where they work, their likes and dislikes, and so on. This is a (gloriously) long form so I don't have a screenshot for you.

Hiveword is a free online editor that's definitely worth a look. I think I'll use it to write my next short story.

Don't forget to take a look back at the Writer's Knowledge Base every once in a while if you need inspiration or feel like brushing up on a few skills. :-)

What do you use to write with? MS Word? Wordperfect? Scrivener? Please share! :)

Other links you might like:
- What Is A Writer's Platform?
- Want Help With Editing? Try Free Editing Programs
- Why Writers Need Editors

Photo credit: Scrap Pile


  1. Thanks for blogging about Hiveword, Karen. I hope you find it useful for your next story!

    1. Thanks Mike! I'm sure I will. Thanks so much for making Hiveword available. :)

  2. I'm a Scrivener user myself. Although I've been playing around with Storyist because I do most of my writing via iPad and there's no Scrivener version yet. And with that Storyist experience I can confidently say, I hope they hurry up with the Scrivener version. Found that program a lot easier to do plotting and story boarding with.

    1. Justus, I hope Scrivener comes out with an iPad version too! Though Hiveword seems to work well with Google Chrome.

      Thanks for your comment. :-)

  3. I use Scrivener too. I can't wait until they release the iPad version. I write using both my laptop and my iPad.

    I looked at Hiveword at one point. I don't like the idea having to be online to write. Being online is like the black hole for me. I see one interesting article and I would chase those links down the rabbit hole. Next thing I know, I've spent my entire evening reading or commenting online.

    1. I have that problem too. The web is very tempting. Good point!

      btw, I'm looking forward to using Scrivener on iPad as well. Great program!


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