If you haven’t, oh buddy, let me open your eyes to something that’s going to make your writing life 20x easier.
Now, before you get mad at me for sounding like a freaking infomercial or something, let me tell you that anything I say here I’m saying from experience. I found Plotist way back last year when I started thinking about going into Shadows Rise.
Because this story takes place decades before the main story and encompasses events that greatly influence the main storyline, the first thing I decided I needed was to build a timeline. I needed to be able to keep track of what happens when so that I didn’t somehow destroy the entire series with my silly pantser ways.
In order to build a proper timeline, I went around looking for software or apps that would help me keep things organized. Because, as you may know, I’m terrible at it.
Plotist was a result of that search.
I joined this app a year ago for timelines and I found not only a fantastic organizational tool but also a really awesome community of writers. I’ve seen it go through its share of changes and bugs along the way and I’ve witnessed first-hand the dedication being poured into this site. Right after they opened the community forums and I started to interact with people there and share a little bit about my projects, Jay; one of the administrators, told me they’d make it so project collaboration was possible before release.
The morning after Doom and I made the decision to start work on the main series… Boom… A new update: collaboration. It was such perfect timing we literally considered it a sign from the writing Gods.
What Does It Do?
Plotist is an app that helps you plan, outline, and write your story. Think of it like a digital version of a board full of sticky notes where you can jot down the elements of your story; characters, locations, events, objects, etc… and then organize them neatly in a timeline to help keep track of how things go down.
I can’t show you guys anything I did for the actual plot of Shadows Rise; there be spoilers here, but this is an example timeline for Game of Thrones. How amazing is that shit?
Furthermore, Plotist has recently implemented a writing module. Which, I’ve partially shown here before. It’s where I’m outlining and writing the current draft of Shadows Rise.
My Personal Thoughts
There’s a reason it’s taken me so long to write a post on this. And it’s mostly because I can’t find the words to express my happiness with this writing app. It has almost everything I need and what it doesn’t have… It will eventually have. Every time I think of making a suggestion, the feature either comes out or it’s mentioned to be planned for the future. Every time I’ve encountered a problem or found a bug it has been dealt with unbelievably quick. I have no complaints. Not an issue I can think of that isn’t already solved or in the process of being improved.
It’s a tool for writers. Created by writers who want to see you create and succeed. You can’t ask for anything better than that, guys. It’s a lifesaver and a Godsend and I urge you to check it out asap.
“Okay, Bird, How much?“
That depends. All Plotist has to offer can be yours for the simple price of… Absolutely free. However (yes, there is one of those, but don’t fret), if you want to make private worlds and stories on Plotist, you’re going to have to spend a few bucks.
As you can see, the most you’ll spend is 10 dollars a month (it is cheaper if you pay yearly, though), if you think you need unlimited private worlds/stories. And if you don’t, you can use the app for free with zero restrictions.
I’m on a free trial right now until the end of the month for participating in Beta, and once that expires I will be subscribing to at least a Scribbler plan so I can keep Shadows Rise private. Work on the main series will be conducted mainly on Doomed’s account, so that’s pretty much all I need for mine. It is very much worth it.
Like I said, guys; check this out for yourselves you won’t regret it. This app will save your life. Guaranteed.
Seriously, go. Right now. Why are you still reading this?