November 2016

Generating a book query with Hiveword

As a developer, it’s fun to see how others use your software in unexpected ways. For example, my previous post was about how power users do cool but surprising things.   Jeremy Menefee is another power user who says that Hiveword produces “world-class content for a book query.”   I thought, “It does?” 😉   Turns out that Jeremy convinced me. What I thought of as a simple backup mechanism to prevent lock-in actually serves a secondary purpose.   Who knew?

Tips from Hiveword Power Users

Hiveword’s birthday celebration continues! I thought it would be fun to get some tips from power users on clever ways they leverage Hiveword. I’ll start! 😉 Generating Exotic-Sounding Names for Characters or Locations If you’re writing fantasy but you’re having trouble coming up with character or place names then look no further than the Location generator! The location generator allows you to pick a country for which to show places. For English speakers, selecting a country like Morocco or Azerbaijan produces exotic-looking names that can be used for characters or setting names. Now, you probably wouldn’t use the names as-is (since they are real places, after all) but it’s easy… Read More »Tips from Hiveword Power Users

Hiveword Five Year Retrospective

Today is Hiveword’s fifth birthday! Or anniversary. Whatever you call it it’s been five years of helping writers achieve their dreams. I’m both excited and proud of that. This post is a bit of a retrospective. There will be behind-the-scenes information and maybe even a baby picture. Tomorrow I’ll have some great tips from Hiveword power users so be sure to check that out, too. But for now it’s time to get retro. In 2008 I conceived the idea for Hiveword. Man, was it going to be cool! However, I didn’t start development until 2009. Sadly, 2009 passed by. Then 2010 and still Hiveword was not available to the masses. I’m… Read More »Hiveword Five Year Retrospective

Hiveword Birthday Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe that Hiveword has been helping writers organize their stories for five years. Other Hiveword tools such as The Writer’s Knowledge Base and Knockout Novel have been doing the same for roughly the same amount of time. So, in honor of Hiveword’s momentous day we’re giving away three subscriptions of Hiveword Plus and three copies of Knockout Novel to six lucky winners. See here for how to enter. The drawings happen on November 28th. Please tell your friends and help spread the word. Thank you for your support all these years!  

Article Categorization in the WKB

Today I’m at author Elizabeth Spann Craig’s blog talking about a cool new feature in the WKB: article categorization. Check it out and let me know what you think!