Non-fiction writing tools

If you’re a nonfiction writer and using Novlr, we’d like you to suggest any ways in which Novlr can help you out and so that the tool can be catered to your needs.

Suggestions from one twitter user, @HistorianPam include

  • Bibliography
  • Citing feature

Let us know your thoughts on these suggestions and anything else that Novlr could potentially develop to make your nonfiction writing possible

Status

This feature is proposed!

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  1. Pamela says:

    Thanks so much for putting this up for proposal. This is such a great tool and it would be great to keep all forms of work centralised. I think some great developments would include:

    – input bibliographical data and have it automaticaly formatted in a choice of citation formats i.e. harvard or chicago citation standards
    – being able to input footnotes, line notes or end notes
    – a research tool that allows for the creation of notes and pertinent information gained from sources attached to the bibliography
    – the ability to download and print bibliographies separate to the rest of the text
    – a way to pinpoint repeated information to help with editing (although this could be just a pipe dream)

    Looking forward to discussion!

    -Pamela

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks Pamela. We’re always up for discussion on how to improve Novlr so thanks for suggesting it. Citation formats are a good idea because they are a nightmare to do without a tool! We are looking into tagging (see here – http://novlr.org/features/tagging/) which could be useful for your work to be able to track information, dates and names. It would be great if anybody else out there writing nonfiction could add any more suggestions to your list! Thanks again 🙂

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  2. Alun says:

    I’ve lost my notes on this, but with DOIs you can produce multiple formats. It’s not a universal solution as a lot of books used by Historians don’t have DOIs, but it might help provide a starting point for citation formats. http://labs.crossref.org/

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks for your comment Alun. We’ll definitely do some research into this when we look at adjusting Novlr for nonfiction writing. Please let us know of any other suggestions you have – we’re always looking to improve for you guys 🙂

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  3. Matt Wilkinson says:

    I think that the great thing about Nolvr is that it’s geared towards Novel writing, it is called Novlr after all. I think it would be a shame if development time went into writing non-fiction, slowing down other more useful features. Probably me just being a bit selfish, but it’s the reason I chose Novlr in the first place. -10 votes.

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks for the alternative spin Matt. We have only put it up for discussion at the moment to see what the general consensus is. Meanwhile, our time will be spent on the features already proposed 🙂

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    • Pamela says:

      Footnoting is often used in fiction, not just as a form of citation. Look at Terry Pratchett’s books, he always has funny little anecdotes and asides in footnote form because it’s not directly part of the main narrative but helps to build character and world. Many of the features that a non-fiction writer would use could come in pretty handy to diversify style for a fiction writer.

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      • Clare says:

        Hi Pamela. Thanks so much for your comment. You’re right, the two styles can overlap on necessary features and I like your example of Terry Pratchett 🙂 Thanks again!

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        • Kimber says:

          I’m seconding (thirding?) the footnote option, because it is something fun to use as a stylistic addition (and sometimes actually necessary addition) to a novel. If you’re doing some heavy world-building, footnotes are nice to have so the reader doesn’t have to keep paging back to an appendix or translation page. So, yes, these would be useful for fiction as well as non-fiction. ^5

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  4. Clare says:

    Email suggestion from Isai: So I frequently use tables to compare and contrast scenarios and definitions. This would be a great bonus to have! Nothing fancy, just the ability to compare to things side by side would be amazing

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  5. Isai says:

    Yes, would love a citing feature! As I write so much non-fiction, this is a critical tool and is much needed! However, on that note, I noticed some comments on how the writing app is to focus on “novels”- but what about fiction that wants to cite its research?- Sometimes it’s not as clear and cut as fiction and non-fiction. I can see how using citations features could benefit anyone. Love this idea.

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks Isai 🙂 Great to know a citation feature would be useful. And you’re right, it could be useful for all types of novel writing for research into certain topics.

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  6. Ryan Shaver says:

    I would greatly enjoy an extensive citation feature, especially for my non-fiction writing (though I imagine in some epic fantasy having footnotes to explain family trees and definitions of dwarven/elvish words). It needs to go beyond superscript/subscript capability, but cannot be less (I can manually write citations with superscript as needed, but a more full expression would like MS Word’s References/Footnotes/Citations feature).

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks for your comment Ryan. All suggestions for non-fiction are very welcome so we can build up a good picture of how Novlr could be used! 🙂

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  7. Peter says:

    Ability to create a section with Roman numbering (x. introduction, acknowledge, etc.), glossary, bibliography, index, about the author, etc.

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