January 28, 2011
A company from the Netherlands may just help you write the great American novel.
Write.li is a web-based application that aims to help writers organize their thoughts and store work online for access anywhere a new idea strikes.
Now, we all know you certainly don’t need a web app, or even a computer to write a book. This application is about facilitating the process – organizing characters, plot lines, chapter development – and linking it all together to form a cohesive structure for a novel.
The application’s website borrows a quote from a 2002 New York Times article that states, “81% of Americans feels they have a book in them.” As part of that group, I took Write.li for a test run. This is what I found:
- Dashboard view of current projects and tasks;
- Tabs to organization Notes and Characters, Chapters, Author Tasks and Research Links;
- The ability to tag content with custom tags and search on those tags;
- File upload in order add work or other projects from a desktop;
- A Completed Task function that gives the satisfaction of crossing out/putting a line though the task;
- Time-tracker device.
Features that appear as options but don’t seem to be fully functional are the ability to share and assign tasks as well implement ‘Milestones’ – a reward to yourself for all of that hard work, or maybe a remnant of Feng Office, the platform the application is built on.
As with most applications, the more I used it, the more comfortable I became with the interface. At first, it was a little tricky figuring out how all the features could be linked together. If I had my druthers I’d like to see a prototype project on the site to illustrate the capabilities.
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