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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

Image Uploads in Hiveword Plus

It’s here! You can now attach pictures to your characters, settings, and just about anything else in Hiveword. In my last post, I provided a preview of the features around image uploading. Everything there still applies but I’ve tweaked a few things to make the experience smoother. Those sorts of changes don’t convey very well in screenshots, though. The screenshot above is new, however, and shows how you can easily filter images by story, type, and tag. This filtering is consistent with scene and note filtering. I won’t waste your time with a rehash of the last post but please check that out and see what you can do with… Read More »Image Uploads in Hiveword Plus

Image Upload Preview

One of the most popular feature requests for Hiveword is uploading images. I’m pleased to say that it will be released soon! In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a taste of what you can expect. This is early access, of course, so things may change a little. (You can click on the images for a bigger view.) Let’s get started with the Image Browser: The image browser screen shows thumbnails of all the images you’ve uploaded. The idea here is that you can quickly browse through the images to find what you want. In all of the screenshots, clicking on the image itself will take you to the image’s… Read More »Image Upload Preview

New Character Types

Just a quick update about some new character types. Previously, the character types were Protagonist Antagonist Neutral Those still exist but there are now two more: False Protagonist False Antagonist These are useful when you have a character that isn’t what they seem at first. This post would be prettier with a screenshot, don’t you think? Hiveword user Josie F. requested this change. Now it’s your turn. What’s your great idea for making Hiveword better?

Assign chapter from scene page

Hiveword user Kevin H. recently suggested several features. The first one to be implemented is a way to assign a chapter to a scene within the scene page itself. Previously, you had to do that from the Scenes by Chapter page. (You still can, of course.) Have a look at the screenshot below: The new piece is the Chapter dropdown. All of your chapters are in the dropdown in the correct order. You can assign the scene to a chapter or remove the chapter assignment altogether. The dropdown will only appear if you have chapters defined. If you are like me and don’t use chapters then it won’t be in… Read More »Assign chapter from scene page

Scene List Summaries

Hiveword user Matt N. requested a cool feature: show scene summaries in the scenes list. What a great idea! Here’s a screenshot: As you can see, summaries are included with the normal scene information. By default, the summaries are not displayed. To show them, simply click the Show Summaries checkbox. To save vertical scrolling, only 600 characters of a summary are displayed. The idea is to give you a taste of what the scene is about. To see the whole summary simply click on the scene link to go to the scene detail page. Filters work like they always have. In the screenshot there is an active filter so non-matching scenes are… Read More »Scene List Summaries

Tracking Notes

You can now track notes in Hiveword Plus*. Notes can be attached to most things: stories, scenes, characters, etc. You can also have unattached notes that are not part of any story. Here’s an example of notes for a scene: The notes popup is embedded in the scene page. The normal scene textboxes and such are right below the notes so you can refer to your notes if needed or close the notes popup to get it out of your way. The notes textbox is resizable and the entire notes popup is, too, so you can see exactly what you want. There is no limit to the number of notes you can… Read More »Tracking Notes

Hiveword Updates

Hiveword update time! Notes The big news is notes that you can attach to pretty much anything — scenes, characters, etc. The notes are taggable and you can view all of them in one place with a powerful filter for finding what you want. Notes are part of the Hiveword Plus upgrade. I’ll talk more about notes in my next post. Plotlines The Scenes by Plotline page lists scenes vertically and then plotlines as horizontally. This allows you to quickly see how plotlines weave throughout your scenes. The feature itself has been around for a while but the plotlines were ordered by name. Since users can manually sort plotlines it… Read More »Hiveword Updates

Track Anything with Custom Types and Fields

You know what the problem is with novel organizers? They let you track characters and scenes and such but they don’t let you track magic spells. Or starships. Or whatever else is important to you. I’m pleased to say that this problem is solved in Hiveword. You can now track anything you want in Hiveword. Spells and starships, sure, but you can also track political parties, countries, warring clans, fancy hats, guilds, ice cream, monsters, books, weapons, etc. You can even track intangible things such as writing prompts or notes for key plot points. What you track depends on your needs and creativity. In Hiveword parlance each thing is called a… Read More »Track Anything with Custom Types and Fields