What have we been missing?
Scribi is developed primarily for storytellers, by storytellers. Whether that's short stories, novels, scripts, articles or blog posts, or anything you can write down, we've thought of it.
The idea for Scribi Studio arose from the frustration of dealing with so many different writing applications that all did something well but were lacking in other ways. We use one application for writing, one for organizing notes, a folder to keep our books organized, a timeline manager to visualize our story, and possibly one of the many awesome outlining tools available for all the planning and preparation.
Even with these tools at our disposal, keeping track of a story bible is a manual task. Over the course of one book it can be daunting. Over a whole series? It can begin to look like a maze of files, or one massive file we're constantly searching through.
In the end, when the book is ready for an editor we always end up back in Microsoft Word, because .docx is the digital format of the day. We all know the frustration of re-importing the file back into our favorite program, and having to apply a series of 'tips and tricks' to address edits there.
What if it was simpler? What if there was one studio style software that served the writer from step one all the way through an entire series? Or multiple series in a single world? Or even a collaborative effort in a shared world by multiple authors?
That day is coming.
All the tools, from Idea to Bestselling Series
With Scribi, it wasn't enough to create yet another word processor, or even another writer's environment where story notes are easily accessible. We don't just want to make writing your story a more efficient process. We want to make it a more enjoyable process.
Just some of the features planned for our initial rollout include:
Outline and Manuscript Mirroring. As you develop your outline, Scribi will build a manuscript to match, and start attaching quick notes to each scene and chapter that will be right at hand when you start writing.
Plot or Pants, or both. Not an outliner? That's fine, too. Scribi can help you track story structure as you go, and provide insight as your progress through a story structure you've built yourself or imported from a library. Meanwhile, it will quietly assemble an outline behind the scenes, ready for you if you want to review it during revision.
Every story element at your fingertips.Scribi's database approach to story elements will mean having every character, setting detail, event, and anything else you need always at hand. Attaching elements to chapters and scenes will build your outline and timeline in the background as you go. Creating new elements on the fly as as simple as a few strokes of the keyboard. Even better: each manuscript shares a database with other manuscripts in the same series, and grows organically as you write.
Structure, restructured. Writing a mystery? A romance? An epic fantasy adventure? A memoire? Every type of story has its own special take on structure, whether that's a unique series of beats or an adaptation of a classic like the Hero's Journey. Scribi can help you streamline your process by offering up templates based on classic structure, built from scratch, or modified over time as you discover your own take. Structure templates are more than just beats, acts, and plot threads, though. Scribi Structures can even include guidance and advice on specific story points to ensure that you're asking the right questions at the right time. We'll be speaking with top professional authors and writers about what works for them, and providing a library of templates intended to not only help you write more efficiently, but to expand and improve yourself as a storyteller. This will make Scribi more than just a writer's tool. It will make Scribi the first writer's software to actually help develop new writers.
Never worry about export/import errors again. Scribi's text editor is based on the .docx format. You'll be able to seamlessly export and import files from your editor, and address comments and changes natively, inside Scribi. Once we're on the Web, you'll be able to invite your editors, beta readers, and collaborators to view and comment on your manuscript with any level of permission you want to give them, from read-only, to commenting, to full access for editing.
Other features in development:
- One-click professional level formatting for finished documents, both print and ebook, as well as formatting profiles for linked books in a series. Never worry about whether you've missed a detail when formatting your manuscript.
- Automatic formatting for submissions, based on industry standard formatting rules.
- Formatting profiles available for export and download! Some of these will be available via the Scribi website and later the connected web service. Other settings, simply export and send the file to share your formatting preferences.
- Share your story world database with collaborators once we're on the Web, and share a central database among all co-authors or contributors with flexible permissions to ensure continuity and consistency across projects of any size. Use it to invite writers to themed anthologies, share writing prompts, or anything else you can imagine with our flexible database options.
- We'll do our best as we grow to integrate with as many other author services as possible. We hope to approach services like Draft2Digital to allow you to link accounts and export directly to their platform from within Scribi, or KDP so that you can publish direct without leaving the Studio, or editing tools like Grammarly so that you can rest assured that you're handing off the most polished manuscript you can produce.
- And many, many more features that are always 100% modular so that you can use the tools you want, not the tools we think you need.
Don't just work smart. Work Smart.
It is the 21st century. We may not have flying cars or an elevator to space, but we do have remarkable new advancements in Artificial Intelligence, everything from simple smart algorithms that can help plan your day to smart chat bots that give the Turing Test a run for its money. Why shouldn't we be applying this kind of ingenuity to how we write? Your smart watch can help you reach fitness goals, after all.
The first phase of Scribi will be the development of the desktop software version, followed soon after by the web app. This will allow you to access Scribi anywhere, anytime. But moving to the web will mean more than just a new host of collaborative features. For us, it means Scribi will go Smart.
On day one, you'll be able to set your goals and receive feedback from Scribi about how you're doing on meeting them. You'll be able to start a new project, and have Scribi look at your history of productivity and your typical work habits, and recommend a realistic timeline for finishing your project that you can accept, decline, or modify as you want.
Once we get on the web, it will do so much more. Scribi will be able to send you notifications to help keep you on track, make calendar entries to ensure you set aside time to write, even send notifications to your collaborators to keep them apprised of your progress. We want to help you reach your goals, not just track them for you.
Set a deadline, and Scribi will tell you whether you're being realistic or not, and offer up a solid plan based on your actual writing habits, and just like a fitness app, it can recommend small increases over time to help urge you to make good writing habits.
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