MyNovel


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.0
File Size:
59.67MB
Date Added:
December 17, 2009
Price:
Free to try (Save/print-disabled); £19.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
2,644
Downloads Last Week:
4
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Editors' review

Writing a novel can seem like an overwhelming process. All those characters and details to keep track of, not to mention finding the proper structure and pacing. Many would-be novelists just don't know where to begin. MyNovel breaks the novel-writing process into manageable pieces, giving writers a clear idea of how to proceed through each step of the writing process.

The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, with a layout that's similar to Office 2007 products. Although the program's Help file is well-written and thorough, most users should have little reason to visit it. MyNovel guides you through the first steps, helping you decide if you want to write a character- or plot-driven novel and explaining how the action should rise and fall. The program is definitely geared toward novice writers; experienced novelists will likely find the program's guidance too basic and obvious. But for those just getting started as writers, the program's advice will be tremendously helpful. Once users select what kind of novel they want to write, the program offers a straightforward way to organize every aspect of the novel, including chapters, characters, places, subplots, and much more. Diagrams allow users to chart everything from chronology to character relationships. The program has many extra features, including guidance on finding an agent or publisher and access to an online writers' circle.

MyNovel is free to try, but certain features, including saving and printing, are disabled. The program installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all beginning novelists.

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  • All Versions:

    2.9

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    2.4

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4 stars

    "Great software, but are they out of business??"

    May 13, 2014   |   By Timtropolis

    Version: MyNovel 3.0

    Pros

    Complete package for writing a novel. Excellent word processor, great organizational tools.

    Cons

    Out of business???? As of this writing (May 13, 2014) the company's website is offline and has been that way for 3 weeks. It also uses A LOT of RAM.

    Summary

    I must say that I've used this software with much enjoyment. I found it to be the best package out there. Despite its slow load (I have a SSD drive running Win 7/64 and it takes about 2-3 minutes for it to load) it still provides with excellent options and everything you need to develop and write a novel.

    The word processor is excellent. Allows for font changes, proper indentations and tabs, etc. The organizational tools (character developer, story board, scene creator and layout are wonderful. You can use the tools or just write free without using the tools.

    My big issue is that the company appears to be out of business. I recently had to xfer my files to a new HD and when I went to re-register (which I've done before, going back to Feb) the registration key produced an error message. When I went to the site, I got the error, "site not found". Email attempts were also rejected. Really a shame because as I said, for me, this was a really awesome tool

    I have migrated to WriteWay which is very good as well and is cheap ($40). Hope this review helps.

    Updated on May 13, 2014

    Update: My apolgies, my review is for MyNovel 4.0, hope this helps

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  • 1 stars

    "Do not buy, it crashes constantly"

    February 23, 2013   |   By birdsnest82

    Version: MyNovel 3.0

    Pros

    none. There is nothing good about purchasing this software. It has been a disaster since they took my money.

    Cons

    This program crashes constantly.
    It is super slow.
    The program itself is muddied and appears more like a cluttered desk than software that is supposed to help "organize"
    Tech support will not write back to you and they have no phone number, so don't think about calling them, or getting your money back.
    The demo version worked alright, but when I spent the $40, then that program didn't work at all.

    Summary

    Download ywriter 5 instead. It actually runs, organizes and is free!

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  • 1 stars

    "Do not buy."

    May 12, 2012   |   By casey32117

    Version: MyNovel 3.0

    Pros

    Helps in organizing the work you are doing.
    Nice timeline feature.
    Nice character profiles

    Cons

    Crashes . . . a lot.
    Lose hours of typing. You can, of course, turn on 'auto-backup' and put in a short time between saves to compensate.
    Crashing tends to corrupt something in the program. I have no idea what; in any case, sometimes it becomes necessary to delete and re-install the program. when this doesn't work, do NOT COUNT ON customer support. It is a joke.
    No manual. No help files.

    Summary

    Cocept is good. Execution is bad.

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  • 5 stars

    "Can't beat this for price v functionality and usability"

    July 14, 2011   |   By Elanor29

    Version: MyNovel 3.0

    Pros

    Extremely cheap for what it does. Brilliant facility for planning and keeping track of even the most complex of novels, or for that matter - series of novels.

    Cons

    None discovered. No crashing, freezing, messing things up or anything of the kind. Been using this every day for nearly a year, so I should know by now!

    Summary

    I would have given up and dropped my dreams of writing if MyNovel3 didn't exist. Though there may be individual programmes that do tiny bits of what MyNovel does with greater polish or with a more expensive skin, none of the others come close to it for overall functionallity and ease of use. I agree entirely with the CNET critique, though I will probably continue to use MyNovel3 and any further versions of the software even when I'm no longer a "novice" - because It's the only thing that has the ability to keep pace with the extremely complex things I write (I'm a serial Sci-Fi novelist).

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  • 1 stars

    "MyNovel crashes my computer, I've lost my work & time."

    June 05, 2011   |   By VKushner

    Version: MyNovel 3.0

    Pros

    1) It seems that you get a lot of functionality for your money.
    2) It may be helpfull with the planning stage (save your work often!)

    Cons

    1) After I installed MyNovel my PC crashes at random times.
    2) Technical support blamed anti-virus for the crashes.
    3) I got sick & tired of MyNovel crashing my PC.
    4) MyNovel does NOT return my money.
    5) I went back to using FREE yWriter.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time & money. Use much more stable and free yWriter instead. Use FreeMind (also freeware) for planning.

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