Thomas is Novlr’s CEO. You’ve had a post from him already. It may or may not come across in his words, but he is an incredibly perusasive man. So when he asked me what I thought about building an online novel writing software – oh and you’ll have to build it, you’ll be CTO – my initial reaction to these sorts of questions was curiously amiss (supportive humouring with a slight air of whimsy) in favour of a curiosity about what was going on in his head.
After, passing the idea around a few times, we realised that we were both excited, we thought it would be desired and it would help not only him (the eternal procrastinator) but thousands of other novel writers the world over. We can make novel writing painless. Simpler. We can make something that makes people rue they day they ever thought a word processor fixed to their desktop would do.
Then it hit me. You have to build it. That thought keeps hitting me. Weekly. Daily. Hourly in particularly challenging sprints. But the idea of what I could produce is too intoxicating and I’m too far gone! I am building Novlr and I have never been more excited about a project. It’s late nights, early mornings and an awful lot of learning but I am enjoying it.
To give you some background. Thomas and I have worked together for 3 and a half years in two different digital teams. Myself as Producer and Thomas leading both teams. I also do freelance web development in my spare time (not that there’s any of that anymore!). I studied English Literature with Creative Writing at university but taught myself basic programming over the summer when I realised I wanted to go into digital and have continued to teach myself a number of different languages in the meantime.
Novlr is being built on node.js, which is a language I knew nothing about before October 2013. I am learning as I go along and that journey is tumultuous to say the least. You can read about that journey in a separate post where I talk about the reasons for choosing node and where we are at with it.
I will be writing about the journey to build Novlr from a CTO’s perspective. The ups and the downs. Because yes, we’re a business but we want to be open, honest and frank about every part of Novlr, even if that means we break some cardinal rules of business from time to time. It’s more important to us to build the best possible novel writing software and we can’t do that without having followers who trust us and can feedback to us as honestly as we share with them. We would love you to take this journey with us.