In Hiveword Plus you can add custom fields to the “factory” or default types such as scenes, characters, etc. Your custom fields display above the factory fields under the assumption that, since you added them, they must be pretty important. Here’s an example of some custom fields on the character page: The “Bunch O’ Fields” section is custom, obviously, and the default fields start with the Basic section. As I mentioned in my previous post, Hiveword Plus user Darren B. has taken Hiveword’s customizability to stratospheric heights: he’s done a full replacement of Hiveword’s fields. (As an aside, I don’t recommend duplicating fields that Hiveword already has. The reason is… Read More »Show/Hide Factory Fields
Quiescent. What a fun word. Quiescent is what this blog has been over the summer. But, as everybody knows, winter is coming so I have a flurry of blog posts planned about recent additions to Hiveword. Today I’m going to talk about the new show/hide details toggle on list views. While this feature won’t save the world it will reduce scrolling for serious Hiveword users. Previously, only the story, scene, and chapter lists had a summary/details toggle. Those lists try to convey a lot of information at once and the toggle on those pages is for adding data (the summary, actually) to each row. These toggles have not changed. The… Read More »More show/hide capabilities
Hiveword user Matt N. requested that extension fields be included on the various list views. This feature is now live and affects both the basic and Plus versions of Hiveword. First of all, what do I mean by “extension fields?” Hiveword Plus has a feature called Custom Fields and Types. A better name might be Custom Templates. To my knowledge, this level of customizability is unique to Hiveword. Anyway, with this feature you can create new classes of things to track such as spells, spaceships, etc. But, you can all extend the factory types such as scenes, characters, etc. For example, you could add “Date” and “Scene Purpose” fields to… Read More »List View Updates
There are over 4,000 unique websites represented in the WKB. That’s a lot! The ones that have the most articles are something special. So, for fun, I’m running a countdown of the top 10 sites at https://hiveword.com/wkb/topSites. Check it out!
The next time you’re in nature: Be quiet. Stand up straight and close your eyes. Listen to the wind in the leaves. The birds. The bugs. And think for a moment that all of that was here before you were. And all of it will be here when you’re gone. But right now, you’re the variable. The wildcard. The ripple in the pond. Make a difference.
TL;DR: The inaugural Hiveword newsletter is coming soon. You should sign up now to learn and maybe win a prize! As an overall entity, Hiveword currently has two newsletters: one for the Writer’s Knowledge Base (WKB) and one for Knockout Novel. I’m going to phase out these two newsletters and make one all-encompassing Hiveword newsletter. This will give me much more room to explore content which will range from interviews to highlighting new features in all of the Hiveword products. The first Hiveword newsletter will have an interview with an author who will open your mind to the educational and business aspects of short stories. It could change your life. Or at least… Read More »Hiveword Newsletter
You can now search everything in Hiveword Plus! What do I mean by everything? Well, I’ll say it again: Everything. 😉 You can quickly search characters, scenes, settings, items, story summaries, plotlines, chapters, notes, journal entries, custom types/fields, and tags. In other words, everything. There’s now a little search box at the top of every page: Upon searching you’ll see the results page: The search reaches across everything you have in Hiveword. So, you’ll see hits for journal entries and other things that aren’t attached to stories. You’ll also see hits across stories but the sample screenshot only shows one story. While search seems like a simple thing these days, I am… Read More »Search Everything!
Today, I’m over at Elizabeth’s blog talking about how to get daily or weekly emails of fresh links to writing articles using categories you choose. I love getting the email every day. Give it a try and maybe you will, too!
Just a quick update for Knockout Novel customers… James Scott Bell and I added some bonus content to Knockout Novel. Specifically, it’s a plot breakdown of “To Kill a Mockingbird” with scene summaries and annotations highlighting Jim’s various structure mileposts. It serves as a concrete example of using the various plot points from a well-known story. To see it, log in to Hiveword and pull up the Knockout Novel module for a story. Then, under the “Quick Jump” navigation section, click the last entry called “Sample plot breakdown.” We hope you find this new content useful!
Hiveword has a new website today. It feels so good saying that because it’s been a LONG time coming. As a bonus, there are also some new features! As for the old design… Well, I guess it wasn’t really a design at all. And boy was it ugly. It didn’t convey that Hiveword is actually a suite of tools for writers with a novel planner, a module of expert guidance from a writing coach, and a repository of great articles on writing captured from around the web. But the best part about the new design is that your eyes probably won’t bleed with the new look. It is MUCH prettier… Read More »Website Redesign and New Features