Big News! Introducing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software

Big News! Introducing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer ProgramThe various approaches authors bring to outlining their novels are vast. But the one thing we all have in common is the desire for an effective, streamlined process that helps us create a solid foundation for our stories—as painlessly as possible.

I have long been a proponent of outlining, through my many resources both here on the site and via my books Outlining Your Novel and the Outlining Your Novel Workbook. Hundreds of authors have written to tell me they’ve found the workbook an invaluable tool, both as a guided process in helping them brainstorm all the most important parts of their stories, and in giving them a place to actually write out and organize their notes.

But what happens when you need to transcribe your notes to the computer—or you begin a new book and need to start the workbook process all over again? What if you had a computer program for that—one that would let you do all the exercises and answer all the questions (and more) from the paperback workbook—and then let you start all over for your next book?

Whelp (you know what’s coming, right?), I am geek-squeaking all over the place with the announcement that the Outlining Your Novel Workbook software is finally here!

Introducing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software

This project has been in the works for almost a year now, and I know many of you are just as excited as I am. So let me tell you the very cool story of how all this came about…

I have long been a connoisseur of organizational software that makes my writing process easier and simpler. That was why, when a user of my workbook emailed me a copy of a computer program he’d put together for himself, based on my Outlining Your Novel Workbook, I flipped out.

Bob Miller with Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer ProgramMeet Bob.

Programmer, novelist (and magician) Bob Miller from Minnesota is both the muscle and the brain behind the Outlining Your Novel Workbook program. He created the framework for an easy-to-use program that offers all the questions and exercises in my workbook, but in a fun, intuitive digital format that allows you to brainstorm your outline right onto the computer, then export scenes as needed—and reuse over and over again.

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Scene List

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Character list

We’ve worked together to refine the program into a tool that can help writers figure out their premises, characters, story structures, and scene outlines.

Use the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software to Take Your Stories to the Next Level

Join me for a full tour of the program!

(You can find lots more video tutorials and information on the Support page.)

The Outlining Your Novel Workbook program is a powerful brainstorming tool for writers. It is designed to help you discover the brilliant possibilities in your ideas, so you can create a solid story that will both entertain and move your readers.

Writing a novel is a complex process that often leaves writers uncertain about where to begin or what questions to ask. By applying an outlining approach to your writing (at any stage in the process), you can gain a big-picture view of your plot, character, and theme. You’ll be able to identify potential plot holes before they ever get started, dig past obvious ideas to those that are truly unique and interesting, and create a plot that taps into the power of a solid Three-Act Structure.

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Story Structure Skeleton

The Outlining Your Novel Workbook provides an intuitive and easy-to-use fill-in-the-blanks format that will guide you through every step of the process. Creating your own outline is as simple as starting on the first screen, using its prompts and lessons to work through your story in the most intuitive way, and clicking through the tabs at the top of the screen to access important sections such as Premise, Characters, and Settings.

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Settings

Create your scene outline by identifying questions and plot holes still to be addressed, map your character’s arc and theme, and play with fun features that allow you to “cast” your characters and create story-specific playlists (which you can listen to without ever leaving the program).

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Playlist Player

When you’re finished, you can export your scene list section to popular writing programs such as Scrivener or print the entire thing (please note: only the scene-list section will export as text documents you can edit in other programs).

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Export to Scrivener

The Outlining Your Novel Workbook program makes outlining a fun and empowering process that will help you write your best story.


  • Outline – Create a story with a solid Three-Act plot structure and perfect scene structure.
  • Premise – Easy fill-in-the-blanks give you a perfect elevator pitch every time.
  • General Sketches – Brainstorm the big picture of your scene list, character arcs, and theme.
  • Character – Get to know your characters with an extensive character interview, featuring 100+ questions.
  • Settings – Keep track of your settings, explore your best options, and answer helpful world-building questions.
  • Fun Extras – Import your mind maps and world maps, keep track of your story’s timeline, cast your characters, and create story-specific musical playlists.
  • Print and Export – Print your entire outline or export just the scene-list section as txt files.

(Please note: Due to the constraints of the programming engine, this software will only run on 64-bit computers. If your computer has more than 4 GB of RAM installed, it’s probably a 64-bit.  Most Windows 7, 8, and 10 operating systems are running 64 bits. However, earlier version of Windows, such as XP, are probably incompatible with the program. Check your system properties for a description your computer.)

Help Me Celebrate the Program’s Launch: Win Prizes!

What that’s? A squeal-worthy new computer program to help you write better isn’t enough? Well, of course, not! That’s why we have launch prizes too! For the rest of the week, you will have the opportunity to win one of three prizes:

Grand Prize Winner: A Writer’s Care Package, featuring:

  • Bark-covered pocket notebook
  • Handmade twig pencils
  • Roll-up pencil case
  • The Lost Book of Fantasy writing-music CD by Peter Gundry
  • “I write. What’s your superpower?” mug
  • $25 Starbucks gift card

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Grand Prize Writer's Care Package

Second-Place Winner: Three-month Audible subscription.

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Prize Audible Subscription

Third-Place Winner: Bookends

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Computer Program Prize Bookends

Bonus—Hourly Prize Today Only: E-book versions of my Outlining Your Novel and Bob Miller’s thriller novel The Smart Kid.

The Smart Kid by Bob Miller (Amazon affiliate link)

Outlining Your Novel (Amazon affiliate link)

From 6 AM to 11 PM, I’ll be drawing a winner from the overall pool of contestants every hour for the digital version of my writing-craft book Outlining Your Novel, which is the perfect companion for the computer program, and Bob Miller’s “thriller with a heart” The Smart Kid. Winning this prize does not exclude you from the Grand Prize drawing on Saturday, but the sooner you enter this one, the better your chances of winning! Check back throughout the day to discover hourly winners, listed below:

6 AM: Cheryl Shih

7 AM: Ali

8 AM: Kate Duncan

9 AM: Jean

10 AM: David

11 AM: Lauren

12 PM: Melanie

1 PM: Terry

2 PM: Kristina

3 PM: Samantha

4 PM: Ted

5 PM: Kate

6 PM: Tom

7 PM: Nate

8 PM: Catherine Wu

9 PM: Hannah

10 PM: Maia Menschik

11 PM: Alexis

To Enter

The contest will run through Saturday, June 3rd. You can earn contest points and increase your chances of winning by sharing your “lucky URL.” The more people who enter via your URL, the more entries you gain for yourself. (Note: no purchase is necessary to enter.)

Winner #1: Balle Marie

Winner #2: Nancy Chestnutt

Winner #3: Lauren Fulche

Good luck to everyone in the drawing, have fun, and thank you for helping Bob and me celebrate the launch of the Outlining Your Novel Workbook computer program! Happy outlining!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Cool concept. Any plans to make a Mac version?

  2. This is truly an awesome idea 🙂 I would love to work with it! Unfortunately, it is not available in the german version of Amazon due to geographical restrictions. Are there possibly any other ways to download the software?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      No problem! I’m also offering the program here on the site, which is international. 🙂

      • Thank you so much – for your reply and all your work! Your blog really helped me in structuring my novel and I am so exited to go even deeper into my story and the development of its characters with the help of your software.

        Congratulations on the launch and all the best to you!

  3. James Heiney says

    Congrats on your software launch! Off to take a look on Amazon…

  4. Finally an outlining program without a word processor inside 😀

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Hah. :p Technically, you *could* write your entire book in here (the scene list boxes expand exponentially), but, yes, it’s intended specifically for outlining rather than drafting.

  5. Amazon says there are geographical restrictions on the Outlining Your Novel software and it is not available to me in Australia. How do I go about getting a download of the program? It sounds really great.

  6. Sounds like a nifty piece of software most writers should find useful. Good luck on the launch.

  7. Amy LeTourneur says

    Gah!! Must order immediately! I’m a total geek for outlining, and I’m so excited to try this program. =)

  8. Wow, this looks great!

    Unfortunately it is not downloadable in China. For a change, this is not because of the Great Chinese Firewall, but Amazon itself refuses to offer the download in the PRC.

  9. Very cool. Nice to see you can import it into Scrivener too.

  10. Tim Seabrook says

    It looks great and will go well with the book versions that I have and am reading in depth. It’s also good to see it is available for a Mac as well as Windows.

  11. Oh, boy, oh, boy oh boy! So excited! You might want to mention that both Windows and Mac versions are available up by the button – I just posted this to two writers groups as Windows only (fixed it, sorry!) but holy cow, am I excited to try this! I love both your books and have longed for a way to walk through your process like this.

    And the timing couldn’t be better – I’m fighting with the outline for a brand new book right now!

    This looks utterly amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Yeah, K. M.!!! Happy Launch Day!!

    Thanks so much for this! I have all your books which are valuable tools in my library, and now, I get a new toy to play with!

    Thanks again,


  13. Does this work with Scrivener? I was going to buy the workbook but this seems so much better since I still wasn’t sure how the actual workbook would help. I figured since you made a Scrivener template for “structuring your novel” you’d make one for outlining

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      You can export the outline’s scene list as txt docs, which you can drag into Scrivener for reference.

      And speaking of Scrivener, I’ll be offering a new template in a few months. 🙂

      • New Scrivener template! I’ve been setting up one for myself that combined your outlining and several worldbuilding templates. I think I’ve become slightly addicted to templates. I’ll eagerly await this one.

        I must say, I like what I’m seeing of this outlining software so far. The hard drive I use for the OS and apps is dangerously low on space just now so I’ll have to wait a bit to test this. Out of curiosity, would this outlining software work for setting up a series bible? That’s the next project I want to tackle and this is looking like it would be just the thing.

        • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

          I would say, yes. It’s very easy to switch between projects within the program.

          • Thanks, I definitely want to try this out. And thanks to Bob, too!

          • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

            Yes, definitely thanks to Bob. 🙂 None of this would have been possible without him!

  14. Congrats, Katie–so thrilled for you! 🙂

  15. Penny Thompson Dobbins says

    It looks wonderful! A huge thank you!

  16. Ms. Albina says

    Is there an ipad verision of Scrivener? I saw it in the writers digest magezine and it was about $20.00.

    I plan on doing some writing today with Lotus and her family but revise it.

    Does Scrivener have a place to put notes in I mean novella notes?

  17. I’m excited to try this! Just about to start outlining my next book!

  18. Kim, you continue to blow my mind with what you put out into the world 😀

  19. *sigh* I meant Katie! Oh, my brain! lol

  20. I’ve entered and received one entry, however, the Post to Facebook and the Twitter links are posting, but not awarding entries.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Hmm. I’ll have to double-check this.

      • Pamela Reese says

        yep…didn’t show my posting to FB or Pinterest either.

        • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

          I just learned that the plug-in actually awards points based on how many other people enter using the links you post to social media. So the act of posting on social media doesn’t create a new point–just the opportunity for new points. I will go edit the post to clarify this.

      • I think the entries only post when someone signs up for the contest from the shared links, not merely in the act of sharing itself. 🙂

        Btw – this is exciting. I always get overwhelmed when thinking about outlining, but this feels like it could be the answer!

        • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

          Ah, you know, I think you’re right. :p This is my first time using King Sumo for a giveaway.

  21. Awesome, Katie! Congratulations! Sounds wonderful! Wish I needed it. Hope it does well. 😀

  22. what was the reason for not offering a trial period on the software? with the exchange rate, I’m none too eager to spend over 50 dollars on something I haven’t tried–what if I don’t actually like it?

  23. Pamela Reese says

    HATE outlining…although, like you, I suspect I am a hybrid…more pantser, but there is some outliner in there (character notes, outlines of intense battle scenes, keeping track of where everyone IS (kinda important in epic fantasy so they do eventually all wind up in the right place) That said….very excited about this program. If anyone can take the edge off my dislike for outlining, it would be you.
    Thanks for all you do to help writers write better.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Yes! I definitely think the program is useful whether you use it for straight-up outlining, note organization, or even revision brainstorming. As I always say, we’re all outliners to some extent–we just do it at different points in the process.

  24. Nicole G says

    Congratulations Katie! This sounds amazing. I currently use a Chromebook so unfortunately, I can’t use your new program or Scrivener. But I love my Chromebook and I still have the book! So I’ll keep outlining the old-fashion way.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      I’d love to do a mobile version sometime in the future. So stay tuned! 🙂


  26. Sebastian C. says

    Just bought the program, and I’m loving it so far! I love the workflow that this program sets up and how logical the progression is through each step. And that it exports everything to Scrivener! That’s what sold me the most. 😀

    My only (very small) issue is being able to size the screen. I have a 27″ iMac, so I typically like to resize the windows of whatever program I’m using to take up more screen space. The input space doesn’t resize with the windows, and in order to make the input space larger, you have to use the zoom buttons on the bottom-left of the window. That fills the window space, but it makes the text so large that it reminds me of how my grandma used to read on her computer with the words really big to accommodate her poor eyesight. 😛 I’d like for the text to stay relatively the same size while the spaces to write in grow with the size of the screen. Like I said, it’s not too big of an issue, and it’s possibly something that only bothers a smaller segment of users. And it’s definitely not a deal breaker.

    I foresee myself using this program quite a bit.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Ah, I’m so happy you’re enjoying it. That makes my day! 😀 Also, I’m pretty sure there’s a very easy answer to your question, because I just saw an email from the developer go through to someone on the same topic. But… I deleted it without reading it. :p So let me ask him again and see what he says.

      • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

        BTW, I just reread your comment and wanted to clarify that the Workbook program does not export “everything” to Scrivener, but only the scene list section.

  27. Mitch Weaver says

    This is great! I bought digital copies of the original book as well as the workbook, but having all of the workbook content in a program like this appeals to me more. I think it’s helpful to see all of the required story pieces organized like this. I’m a bit scatter-brained, so being able to “jump around” my story elements is useful for me. I like Scrivener, but I’ve often felt that it is much too “heavy” to use in the brainstorming phase.

    Question: Is the price for the product an introductory rate or will it remain $40?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Honestly, this whole venture is pretty experimental for me at this point, since it’s my first foray into software. So I really don’t know what we’ll do with the pricing in the future. It just depends how sales go. For the time being, though, we have no plans of changing it.

  28. How cool is that! Just entered my name. What a brilliant idea.

  29. I bought it. But I can’t use it, sigh. My OS is too old. Not your fault at all–I’ve had problems with my laptop and reverted to my ancient Mac Mini but it won’t run anything newer than Mavericks.

    Rather than being upset, I’m taking it as a sign I need to buy the new laptop I found, while in the process of posting this to one of my FB writers groups, lol. It wouldn’t be the first time I bought an entire new computer to run an inexpensive program (i.e. Scrivener–I wanted the Mac features).

    Worst part is it’ll take days to get here! I wanna use your program right now!


    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      If you decide you’d like a refund, just let me know. 🙂

      • Noper! I caved and bought a new computer instead, lol. I needed to anyway because my other laptop is on the fritz and I’m not functioning well without it. So now I get a shiny new (new to me, anyway) laptop AND awesome new software. I may be the only person who spent almost $1,000 to use it though. Kidding!

        My only complaint is I can’t install it until the new laptop arrives, which will be Tuesday.

  30. Bernd Scheele says


    The Import and Export description for the program could be more specific on the supported formats. In the video it sounds like text only export is supported, one comment above is very surprised to found out that Scrivener is supported as well.

    just my 2 cents…

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      In this case, both are true. 🙂 The outlining program exports the scene list (and just the scene list) as txt files, which are compatible with Scrivener and can be dragged into your Scrivener project.

  31. William Seward says

    Looks like a great program. All my computers run Linux, so I’ll hold off until I see if someone has good luck running it in Wine or something. Keep it up!

  32. Nabbed my copy. Really looking forward to giving it a go, KM. Wishing you (and Bob) enormous success with the launch. Helping writers is a very good thing. As you know, we need all the help we can get. Thank you!

  33. Frank Booker says

    can I run it on more than one computer? You imply so by indicating files can be impotred, but I’m not sure.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Yes, you can run it on multiple personal computers.

      • That was my question. Sub question… can I back up to Dropbox like I can with Scrivener and work the same project on either my laptop or desktop?

        Also, is this a download or do you send it out on disk? I’m sure it says somewhere, but I don’t have the best eye for detail… :/

        Thanks! Your podcast and resources are really great!

        • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

          To sync across computers, you’ll need to export the project file to your Dropbox folder, then import it on the second computer. However, it’s advised that you either delete the project on the current computer before importing the new version and/or rename the new version. You don’t want to try to put two projects with the same name in the program. They won’t directly overwrite and update, as Scrivener files do.

          As for your second question, this is a direct download, not a CD.

          Great to hear you’re enjoying the podcast! 🙂

  34. This looks like a lifesaver & I plan to purchase as soon as I return from vacation. One question: Do you still recommend as a first step to write everything out longhand in a spiral notebook as you describe in your book or do you know skip the longhand writing and just use the computer program? I have devoured your books and am about to start a project so the timing is great. Thank you so much for providing so much great content and advice all the time.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      You know, it really just depends on what works for you. Personally, I’m a longhand person, but I also don’t actually use my own workbook, since all its questions are already in my head. :p The idea of both the paperback and software versions of workbook is that you have a guided process. If you’re wanting to write longhand, you may still find the paperback (or e-book) versions of of the workbook most useful. But if you’re going to transcribe it all into the computer anyway, the workbook software will save you the extra step (and also the necessity of buying a new workbook every time you start a new project).

  35. This looks really great! However, I appear to be unable to get it as an Australian?

  36. Don’t think I can drop the money for this right now, but it looks really neat. Also, that writer’s care prize package is awesome!

  37. Kate Johnston says

    This is very exciting! Congrats on the launch!

  38. Hilly Rose says

    I will get it soon. I just need one additional thing. I know you will be getting several requests, since it is a brand new release. I just hope you will take this suggestion into consideration.

    I have used a ton of different writing software, but I eventually still go back to my simple outline templates I created myself using the ideas of different Writer Gurus out there (Including you!)

    But yours software looks nice, simple, to the point, very learnable. and exports to Scrivener. I like that.

    The only thing I need now it a button that will take me to popular story and movie examples to generate more ideas for that particular Pinch Point. You already have them on your Story Structure Database on your webpage. Now it is just a matter of transfering them over.

    I hope you do so.

    Hilly Rose

  39. Ditto. I’m another Linux user that wants to know if this will run under WINE.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      I’m gonna say no for now, but I’ve emailed the developer about it for his thoughts.

  40. I am a reformed pantser. I literally had the workbook open and was working through it, when I got the email announcing the software. Bought it immediately and am using it. Definitely provides the structure I need.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Must be a sign. I hope you find the program useful in your continuing reformation! 😉

      • I love it so far. Really walks you through the steps and thought processes you need to go through so you have a solid plot and structure. I also love it that you can cast actors for the various parts.

  41. Are there plans in the future to actually have this program create a Scrivener file for you that includes all the information you input into the program? This is still a nice program, and it can be very useful for planning, but it would be nice if you could also import character notes, setting info, your what ifs, etc. into Scrivener along with your scene list. That’s one of the best parts about using Scrivener–that you can keep all your notes in one place without having to switch between programs. I would love if this program, at the very least if there are issues with creating an actual Scrivener file, allowed you to export the documents just as you do the scene list.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      At this point, no. I think it’s beyond the capabilities of the foundational program platform to handle that. You can still “print” everything else in the program to a pdf, which you can import into Scrivener. But, of course, those won’t be editable.

  42. Is there a trial version? This intrigues me, but I usually write out everything by hand. It would be nice to get a feel for it before I buy.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      No, unfortunately, for the time being, distribution limitations aren’t allowing us to offer a trial version.

  43. Alexa S. says

    I’ve downloaded the Mac version and I’m already playing with it, but I can see a weakness for my genre — there’s only one protagonist allowed, but I write romance, which is a two-protagonist genre.

    Assuming the text boxes have unlimited text allowed, I’m going to try to get around that by entering the inciting event etc. information for both the hero and heroine in the Character Backstory section, but it’s still kind of a problem for what I write.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      You can set more than one Major Character. But that’s a good point. I will pass this on to the developer. Perhaps it’s something we can fix in an updgrade.

  44. Congrats on the new program, it looks helpful (and one of my writing colleagues was overheard enthusiastically telling others about it yesterday). After taking the time to essentially recreate your workbook in Scrivener last year, I’m going to stick with that for the time being, but I love that you put this together and will add it to my list of recommendations.

  45. Is there a trial for this product ?

  46. Kevin Steele says

    Loving this. Would offer one more suggestion for a possible future update — the ability to save a photo to the Character pages. As you mentioned in the video demo, casting a certain character you envision filling a role is always helpful. Would be great being able to put their photo (preferably one of them playing the type of role you’re envisioning!) along with their details. Great work Katie and Bob.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Actually, you can insert a character photo. Have you found that?

      Adding Character Image to Outlining Your Novel Workbook

      You can drag an image from another folder into the program. If your computer does not support this function, simply right-click on the field, choose “Insert Picture,” and select your photo from anywhere on your computer.

  47. Sunny V Shine says

    Cool program! Sounds really amazing so good for you!
    Also, I seem to be having so trouble with the socials on the contest. I did like 90% of the stuff and it’s still telling me I only have one entry. Does it take so time to register or is it just bugged for me?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Hey, Sunny! No worries about the contest. You gain more entries for each person who also enters the contest using your links. Sharing on social media doesn’t automatically give you more entries; rather, it gives you the potential for more entries.

    • Sunny V Shine says

      Oh wait, was I supposed to confirm my entry before I shared the post?

  48. Janice Hampton says

    I’m so excited about your new software. I listen to your “Conquering Writer’s Block” on Audible about once a month. I’ve almost memorized it! Thanks, Janice

  49. Pretty excited – just in from va-cay. Adore your website and books. Will be ordering shortly. Congrats to you and Bob – can only imagine how this feels to have the software launch. Here’s to great success, you’ve both earned it. Thank you for the affordable price ! ~ Sandy

  50. Scott McGovney says

    Looking forward to hearing. I am in the middle of writing book as we speak. My first. A new career path. So we will see. Thank you

  51. Valorie Cooper says

    Anyone who is serious about starting his/her novel.

  52. Fingers and toes crossed in central Oklahoma!!

  53. Thank you for making your book into an actual software. I always thought it would work well that way and so glad you made that leap.

    That being said, do you think I could run it off of a thumb drive (if the thumb drive had enough memory)? I have both a desktop and laptop and would like to work back and forth on the same projects.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      You know, I’m not entirely sure if it’s possible to install software on a thumb drive. However, you can certainly install the program on more than one computer and import/export the files back and forth.

  54. Heather Langley says

    As an aspiring writer, I think this program contains the answers and techniques to all my endless questions. Here’s hoping!. All extremities crossed 🙂

  55. Yet another item for my wishlist…

  56. ashley nicole says

    Hello Miss Weiland, I had a questions about the giveaway. In the rules it stated that you have to be 21 or over to enter. Is that true?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      I think, technically, yes. That’s to comply with international sweepstakes law.

  57. Duncan Smith says

    If I want to use the program on my PC and my MAC would I have to buy both versions or would purchasing one version allow me to have a license for both?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      The versions are different from one another, so one version won’t work on the other version’s type of computer. However, if you’d like to send me your receipt for whichever version you’ve purchased, I’d be happy to make sure you get the other as well.

  58. How exciting! I love your books and listen to your podcast often. Always thought-provoking. Good luck to you!

  59. Christy Moceri says

    Sold! Thank you so much for doing this. Thank you so much for all you do.

    -A grateful writer

  60. Polaris Northstar says

    I SOooo want this!!! Totally geeking out about it!!! Great job on it, and congratulations!!!!

  61. This is awesome. It would be such an asset to my fledgling writing career. I have tried to enter the contest, but not sure I got through. I tweeted, put it on Facebook, and Linkedin, but failed to understand what to do with the URL.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      You’ve got the right idea. 🙂 The URL is unique to you. When someone else clicks it and enters the contest, you are automatically given another entry yourself.

  62. Felicity says

    Please keep the price steady for a few days. I have to wait until my son changes my system from 32 to 54 bit.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      64-bit. 🙂 But no worries. We have no plans to change the price for the immediate future.

  63. Danielle McGuy says

    Wonderful! Can’t wait but away from my Mac for the next 2 months with only my IPad !!!! Sheer torture!! Congratulation and thank you thank you !!

  64. Hey,
    I just purchased your programe after going through your workbooks and was sooooo exited – and it looks great, really.
    Apart from the fact that I cannot write anything.
    There shouldn’t be a problem with my computer as far as I’ve checked, should be suitable, but – i just cannot enter one single letter 🙁
    So basically I cannot use it.
    Any ideas?
    By the way, te pop up says “This action cannot be performed because this file is not modifiable”.
    I did start a new project, so it should work, right?

    Thanks in advance for your help 🙂

    • Ooooh, I just found the solution!
      Please ignore my previous post (and the typos). 🙂 Gosh, I’m happy now. So I’ll get to work then 🙂 Thanks for the programme!

      • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

        Yay! Glad you figured it out. 🙂 I’ll post the solution from our Support page here, just in case anyone else is wondering:

        Your computer may have altered the program’s admin settings.

        Before opening the program, right-click on the icon to choose Properties. Go to the security tab or Compatibility, then select the check box beside “Run as Administrator.”
        Run as Admin

  65. Hi KM,

    Would this software work for the mystery genre? I noted the comment above about support for one protagonist. My mysteries have one protagonist but I do sometimes have two or more antagonists. Thank you!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      I don’t know why it wouldn’t. It’s not genre-specific, and you can add as many characters as you like.

  66. Just enrolling in the giveaway.

  67. I just entered, and upon reading the Official Rules, I learned I’m too young to qualify. I apologize. I should have read the rules first. 🙂 Hope you run another giveaway maybe when I’m older! 😀

  68. Hi,

    Do you have an IPad version planned? I hope.

    Once I discovered the IPad and how much more convienant it was to carry and use compared to a laptop it’s all I use now. I can read or write anywhere from under a tree in the woods to standing in line at the grocers to lying in bed.

    Thank you for your website and the tens of thousands of words you’ve written on the craft of writing.


    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      The developer and I have discussed a mobile version. But before we can proceed with anything like that, we have to first see how things go with the desktop version.

  69. Heather Langley says

    I’m so excited about this program! It solves so many of my procrastination issues and I can’t wait to get started

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Anything that beats writerly procrastination is a step in the right direction. 😉

  70. I absolutely love your outlining your book and the workbook ebooks. I’ve found them immensely useful.

  71. I’ve been reading you blog for a while and I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out about your new software. I installed your software today and so far I love it. However, when going through the theme section I noticed you have the perfect layout to figure out the protagonist’s positive arc but no options for a flat or negative arc. Is this something that will be added to an updated version? Also, the option to have more than 1 arc would be beneficial since there are often several arcs in a book.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Glad you’re enjoying the software! And, yes, the Creating Character Arcs Workbook book version will be coming out this fall. I’d definitely like to incorporate some of it into the program in the future, if possible.

  72. Michelle Finley says

    Hello. Just received this invitation to sign up. I’ve been looking for an affordable novel writing class or group, someone to apprentice with online as I have ideas, writing skills, bursts of inspiration but for the past several years all my “short stories” want to be far too large for my time allotments, feel vaguely related and when I go back I’m lost. I complete great essays but have come to realize that the scenes and characters inside me crave that I write a novel. Alas I know not how to make that happen. So here I write … Michelle

  73. Heather Langley says

    Tech question for you, K. I’ll be upgrading to Windows 10 in the next day or so. Should I wait till then or will it transfer over cleanly from my existing Windows 7 ?

    Excited to get started 🙂

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      You can run the software on both 7 and 10, so if you want to install it on both operating systems, you shouldn’t have any problem. However, if you start writing on the old computer, be sure to export all your projects before you upgrade and reinstall the program on the new one. Here’s a vid on exporting.

  74. Sorry I’m late to the party. This looks AMAZING!!! I can’t justify the expenditure at the moment but as soon as I can…this is going on my computer. 😀 Congrats on your launch, Katie!

  75. Okay… I’ve had the software for a while now.

    In a word… Clunky.

    I am a big fan Of Katie’s work, spent a lot of money on her eBooks, and always read her pages.

    I think this software was rushed. It is not much more than a relational database.

    It cannot be tailored, the fields are finite.

    Navigation… far too many arrows… they are all over the place… one tires of being lost. Too frustrating…

    Some fields after you have entered data will not scroll, too bad if you forgot what you have written, it’s there, but you won’t see it.

    All in all… yeah… only costs forty bucks…. but I won’t use it.

    Sorry, but I am being honest.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Very sorry to hear the software didn’t work out for you. If you’d like, feel free to email me about refund options.

  76. As much as I like what’s written here, I’m not dropping $40 on a piece of software that I have no capability to demo first. Create a demo version, for me to try before I buy, to get a feel for whether or not I should use this, and perhaps you’d have my money, but until then, I think I’ll have to pass.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Unfortunately, for the time being, distribution limitations aren’t allowing us to offer a trial version.

  77. I received my “BOOK” bookends and they are so cute! Right now they are holding “Outlining Your Novel”. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Hey, they even match Outlining Your Novel‘s color scheme. 😀 Great to hear you’re enjoying them–and congrats on winning!

  78. Madelaine says

    Trying to get this program from your store (though will I be able to get this from too?) and I keep getting an error with Paypal when I try to purchase. It says: “Please try again” and it returns me to the merchant page and doesn’t allow me to complete the purchase. According to Google, this happens when “they [Paypal] return this error when the seller who is set as primary receiver of the transaction has a negative balance.”

    I’m not sure if it’s on my end or if its a problem with the store. I’ve had no problem purchasing from the store, using Paypal, previously so this error is very strange.
    Being Canadian, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get the program from (if I can then awesome!)

    Was really hoping to get it to help streamline my outlining.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Hmm, sounds like a PayPal issue to me. If you’d like, we can do a workaround with me sending you an invoice. You can email me here.

      • Madelaine Bauman says


        Yeah it seems PayPal, for some reason, doesn’t want to complete the purchase on the software. I’m not sure why or if there’s a workaround for this issue.

        I’ll have to wait until the 26 of June to email about this, as it takes my bank a few days to transfer funds to PayPal. But, in the meantime, I’ll see if there’s a workaround.

  79. Jane Garrett says

    Hey there! Interested in this product because you are a master of the craft of outlining and pulling out diamonds from the rock of starting a new novel. I am wondering if this is an online software? I write from 2 different computers. Also, is an app in store for the future?

    I would definitely be interested in some customization options. I have never found a one-size fits all planning workbook for novelists. Human brains work differently, especially creatives, and we need to have some flexibility in the planning. Perhaps optional categories to add? Tie it in with Evernote or use similar options? Wondering if that is on the horizon?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      We’re currently looking into options for eventually putting the software online. But for the time being it’s offline only.

  80. Larry Czaplyski says

    Hi, I purchased your software last year and couldn’t get it to work on my PC. Now, I’ve updated my PC and I’m wondering if your program has changed or been updated since October 2017?

  81. Colleen Pinner says

    I purchased the software program and have it on my old computer, I just bought a new computer and would like to run it on this one. How do I move it over?

  82. Pamela Koelbl says

    Any chance this would work with Apple/ipad?


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