Catalog Organization Made Brilliant
Scribi organizes your work into a database organized by pen-name, story world, series within that world, books within a series, and spin-offs from particular books. Your Story Bible is inherited from a story world, and builds organically as you go. Create a character in "Harper Mage" and that character is automatically included in "The Dark Eidolon" and "Chronicles of Rismere" but not "Bone Mage" or "Blood Mage" to keep who is where, when all organized for you as you go. Export your story bible any time as an organized .docx file, PDF, or even an ebook file.
Get a quick look at your progress at a glance. You can pick and choose what information is displayed, including wordcounts, percentage of each stage to completion, the current status of each manuscript, and even deadlines color-coded to give you a clear picture of what needs your attention.
From the main menu, easily update backmatter for an entire pen name, a specific world, series, or book. You'll be able to quickly generate new files for each title that changed.
See your overall productivity stats with a click, and identify a variety of useful data points like your most productive days and hours, how long it normally takes you to write a manuscript, how long your manuscripts usually are, and more. You'll get a crystal clear picture of how you work, and suggestions for how to improve your goals with small, manageable, measureable steps.
Almost all features in Scribi are modular and can be switched on and off in settings. Use the tools that are best for you.
Import templates from the library or from a friend, edit existing templates, or create an entire template from scratch. Templates in Scribi can be as simple as a story structure or as thorough as a step-by-step process for outlining, drafting, and publishing your novel.
Simple Tools are a click away, so you can focus on the Work.
The goal of Scribi's workspace design is to keep your attention focused on writing. Everything you need is arranged around the workspace, including exporting your final files.
Not pictured here yet: editing tools that will step you through available comments and revisions to address, bring to your attention sections of the manuscript that ran a bit long or short if you're using a structure template, and any plugins we're able to incorporate into Scribi's toolbox.
- Outline Mode. Hovering over a chapter or scene will give you a quick popup message, but you can work with and edit your outline by clicking outline mode. Outlines and Manuscripts are mirrored, so changes in one are reflected in the other.
- Manuscript Mode. Like outline mode, but in reverse.
- View Series. You can quickly view all books in a series, and all manuscripts will populate in the navigation so that you can quickly reference a particular scene or chapter if needed without leaving the main workspace.
- Publish. One click is all it will take to publish your current manuscript (or books in a series) using your current settings for print and ebooks. Beautiful, consistent books with a click.
- Apply Backmatter. If you're an indie, you know the horrors of updating the backmatter on all your books. We're making it easy. In one manuscript or in an entire series, make one change to your backmatter, click a button, and update the backmatter on all selected books. You'll be able to pick and choose which backmatter is universal and which needs to be manually included. If we're able to integrate with Draft2Digital and KDP, you'll be able to submit all your books for updates at once.
- New Book in Series. With on click, populate a new book in a series, automatically connected to your series story database with all your characters, locations or other custom story elements you've created. You'll have the option to use the same story structure as well if you're using a Scribi Template. Just assign a title, and the new book will inherit everything attached to the series, including all formatting, styles, and publish settings.
- Calendar. Keep yourself on track. Scribi can handle one project spread out over days, weeks, or months; or it can help you figure out your targets for multiple projects with multiple deadlines. Export to your calendar on day one of launch; when our web service goes live you'll be able to connect Apple or Google services and push your projects to your calendar automatically. Scribi will make sure that any previously scheduled events are accounted for and worked around.
- Writing Sprints. Trigger privacy mode for a predetermined amount of time and set a wordcount goal or just work until the timer lets you know you've completed a sprint. With the web service up and running, you'll be able to compare notes with your friends or do sprints together in real time.
- Track Your Habits. Scribi starts collecting data from the moment you begin using it, tracking what hours are most productive for you, how much you get written, and how much you're improving over time. It will track a project from outline to publish, and give you insight on how long it takes you to write books. When it comes time to start a new project, Scribi will use this data to help you set realistic goals or slightly improve your output incrementally.
- Settings. Every feature in Scribi is effectively customizable, from the styles you use in your finished print and ebooks, to the specific information you want in your story elements. Features like data collection and calendar integration are all totally optional, so you can switch on or off the tools you like.
- Progress Tracking. Pretty basic at this point! Scribi will track your current project, let you know when you've hit your daily targets, and even recommend which project to work on next if you've got multiple books in the pipeline. Missed a day? No problem, Scribi will update your targets and let you know when it looks like you're pushing the limits of what you can realistically finish on time. When we go live on the web, Scribi will even push notifications to your smart devices, urging you to hit your targets and meet your deadlines.
- Have the information you need at hand. All your story bible elements are at hand all the time. List available elements in the current scene, chapter, book, series or even the entire story world. You can access these from right inside the workspace, or open a separate story bible window with everything laid out nice and neat. Adding elements to a scene or chapter is as simple as a click-and-drag, and like magic, Amelia was at Rosewilde on September 5th in the timeline.
- Know who or what you're looking for? A simple search will pull up any element based on text from the element's entry. What was the name of Professor of Thaumaturgy? Type the keyword you know, and pull up a list of options. Ah! Professor Wardwell, right.
- Story Elements are Objects. Story element cards are visible in the elements pane all the time unless you close the pane. You pick which information is displayed on the card, everything else is a click away. Hover over an element to get more information, pin the notes to the top while you need them, our double click to open the whole file. Make edits as you go, if you like. You can click and drag elements to attach them to scenes or chapters, or make new elements on the fly in the text editor as you need them, and come back to them later. (Don't worry, Scribi will let you know you've got elements that haven't yet found a home. Go ahead and make up a name for Amelia's cousin on the fly, you can always go back and deal with her details when you're ready.)
- All the Rich Text Tools you love, plus a bit. We aren't making the text editor overly fancy. But, in addition to the usual text tools, you'll be able to view and edit your manuscript in work mode...
- Ebook Mode, where you'll see precisely what your book will look like in digital format, or...
- Print Mode, which will show you how it will look printed. Each mode shares text, but includes its own set of styles.
- And Styles are Saved for each mode. Set your chapter headings as wildly different as you want for work, ebook, and print mode, and Scribi will not only keep track and show you the right styles for your current view, it will remember those styles for all books in a series. Formatting for brand consistency is now effortless. You're welcome.
- Easy navigation. Hop forward or backward one step with a click or a keyboard shortcut. It's a little thing, but the closer you get to stay to the work of words, the better.
Never lose track of Story Elements again
Story elements are cards that are fully customizable, so that the information you need is at hand when you need it. Customize elements by story world or series. Writing about kids with super powers in one series, and a historical romance in another? You obviously don't need to record super powers for characters in both series. Save your element card types to specific story world or series, and when it's time to whip up a new one you'll have the template you need, where you need it.
Instead, we've devised a clever database system where you can decide which types of story elements you need (the default types that come with Scribi, or your own customized varieties) and what information you need up front versus what information you just want to record. These include notes made while you're working, on the fly, which are saved and stamped with the book, chapter, and scene that the note came from.
Story elements are easy to interact with from the workspace, so you won't be leaving your manuscript to add notes to a particular card unless you want to. Take a look below to see the ways we've made managing your story bible so easy that you won't believe it hasn't been done before. (It... actually hasn't been done before.)
Scribi uses the '@' symbol to identify potential keywords you want to save on the fly. When you're working, if you type @Amelia, for example, Scribi will first try and match an existing element. If it's a match, hit enter (or your custom hotkey) and that element will be added to this scene, chapter, and if it isn't there already, this book.
Or, just hit space to create a new quickcard labeled 'Amelia' that you can address this character later either by making a new character card, or by identifying an existing one.
Or, hit one of the other hotkeys to create a specific type of card right away. Hotkeys come with default values that you can change, and in any case simply keep typing and the space bar will serve to store the card. But that's just one way to do it.
There's more than one way to do most things in Scribi. When it comes to manipulating story element cards, you also have access to a right-click menu that you can use on the fly or after writing to add new elements, create new notes in elements (for instance, if you make up a character's description on the fly, just highlight that text and choose 'Make note...' and select the story element you want to add it to. You can also make notes by highlighting text and simply dragging it to a visible story element on the right pane.