How to use Novelize

Below we offer some guidance on how to get the most out of the features we offer. Don't be afraid to click around inside the novel writing software, or contact us if you need further assistance.

#1 How Do You Write a Novel with Novelize?

Adding Scenes and Chapters

When you’re inside your first novel, you’ll have your first chapter and first scene set up for you. To add more, scroll down to the bottom of the page. You can add additional scenes or chapters with the click of one button.

Chapter Descriptions and Scene Notes

Every scene includes scene notes, found at the end of each scene. Your chapter descriptions are under the ‘summaries’ tab in the notebook panel. Both chapter descriptions and scene notes are helpful for outlining your novel, and can be added in outline mode. However, you should know that this text is not included in your total word count for your novel.

The Undo Button

Everyone has done it. You accidentally select a bunch of text with your mouse and hit delete. Oops. Fortunately, you can undo this and any other action by clicking on the undo button that’s found in the formatting bar of each scene. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcuts CTRL+Z. Just be sure to do it before refreshing or leaving the page.

If you ever delete an entire chapter or scene by using the delete button and change your mind about it the next day, then we can still recover it for you. We store deleted scenes and chapters for 30 days on the backend before purging them out of the system. Just send us a quick email, and we’ll get it fixed for you.

Manage Your Novel

To change the title, subtitle, or author name for your novel, open the panel and click on the ‘manage’ button. You can also change your novel’s genre and word count goals in that same location.

Table of Contents and Summaries

If you like to outline, then your first step will be to write a summary of your book. This summary is displayed in the panel on the left and edited inside of the outline mode. The panel defaults to showing you the table of contents. As your novel gets longer, you can use the table of contents to quickly go to the scene you want.

Full-Screen Mode

If you hate distractions of any kind, you’ll appreciate the full-screen, distraction-free mode. This is accessible on a scene level. When you’re writing your scene, click on the symbol with the two arrows in the toolbar. This will expand your writing screen, leaving you just the basic formatting options and plenty of white space to fill up with words.

#2 How to Get the Most Out of Your Notebook in Novelize

Store Your Information in the Notebook

But now that you have Novelize, you have a safe place to store details about your characters, dates, locations, and more without leaving your writing screen. Simply open the panel and click on ‘notebook’ on the top right. You can open and close the panel on the left by clicking ‘panel’.

Expand the Panel

If you need more space for writing in while you’re adding characters or other information to the panel, you can expand it. There’s a button near the bottom right of the panel with an arrow facing right. When you click on it, the panel widens. You can shrink it again by clicking the same button.

How to Manage the Notebook

The notebook is connected to your novel. You can use the same notebook for your next novel. This is especially helpful if you’re writing a series, because you’ll have many of the same characters. To manage your notebook, click on the little gear icon. It’s the last of the icons that are along the top underneath the word ‘notebook’. Here you can change your notebook’s name,, assign a different notebook to your novel, or create a new notebook altogether.

Adding Custom Dates

If you’re building a world that doesn’t use the same calendar as our modern world, you may not want to use a calendar date, and instead use a free form label. The Custom Dates option was created for just that purpose. When you’re creating a date, you can switch to ‘custom format’. Otherwise, all dates will have the standard calendar format by default.

#3 How to Outline, Write, and Organize Your Novel with Novelize

Three Modes

We have three modes inside of Noelize: outline, write, and organize. We know not everyone likes to outline their novel, but for many people, it’s an important part of the process. You can switch modes by clicking on the respective words (write, outline, or organize) on the bottom of your screen.

Outline Mode

In outline mode, you’ll have access to your summaries, chapter descriptions, and scene notes. Any text you put in here will not show up in the manuscript export, because these notes are not part of your final draft. They also won’t count towards your total word count. Of course, you can still export the outline separately.

Write Mode

After you’re done outlining, you can switch to the writing mode. Here your scene notes will carry over so you can use them to write your scenes. Click the ‘scene notes’ button underneath the scene to view the notes you’ve created. The chapter descriptions can be viewed inside the panel on your left by clicking on ‘summaries’.

Organize Mode

No matter how much time you spend on outlining your novel, it’s possible that you don’t like the order of events in your novel later. Fortunately, we have an organize mode that makes it easy to move scenes and chapters around. Simply click on the ‘organize’ button at the bottom of the page. You can click the ‘up’ and ‘down’ buttons to move chapters and scenes around, or move a scene to a different chapter by using the dropdown ‘move to’ menu.

#4 How to Use Word Count Goals to Get Your Novel Written

Goal setting plays a huge role in novel writing. After all, having a goal keeps you accountable, and it also tells you when you’re done. There are different ways to accomplish this. You can set a goal of writing for a certain amount of time each day, or you could set word count goals for your day, week, or for your entire novel. Word count goals are easy to keep track of inside of Novelize.

Word Count Goals

When you’re writing your novel, you’ll see a gray progress bar at the right side of the screen. This represents your word count goals. As you keep writing, the bar will slowly turn orange. It can display your daily, weekly, or overall goal, depending on which one you choose to view.

Change Your Word Count Goals

To adjust your word count goals and change which one is displayed with the progress bar, click on ‘manage’ when you have the panel open. You’ll find a drop-down menu at the bottom. If you want to see that bar turn orange as you meet your daily goal, you should set it to ‘daily’.

Weekly Email Reminders

The one thing that will stop you from finishing your novel is not making writing a priority. And we get it. There are many other things that are clamoring for your attention. To help with that, we have created a weekly progress report that summarizes how far you’ve come this week, and whether you’ve met your goals or not. These emails are sent out every Friday.

You can sign up for these emails by clicking on ‘manage’ and selecting ‘yes’ to getting the weekly emails under the settings heading. You can change your mind at any time and click ‘no’ if you’re tired of these emails.

#5 How to Export Your Novel with Novelize

How to Export

To export your novel, outline, or notebook, click on the ‘menu’ button at the bottom of the page and go to the ‘dashboard’. There’s no limit to how often you can export, so you can try this out right now even if you haven’t written much. The export icon looks like a cloud with a download arrow.

There is a quick export option to print your novel, a manuscript option (we’ll discuss this in a minute), and a customizable export option. You can select the font, spacing, and a few other details for the custom export options.

The Manuscript Export

The goal is for you to get your novel written to send it to an editor, agent, or publisher. Most submission requirements specify that your novel must be formatted in a certain way. We have created the Manuscript export option to help you meet these requirements. Here is what the manuscript export entails:

  • Times New Roman Font
  • 12-point font, double spaced
  • Your contact information in the top left corner of the title page
  • Word Count (rounded to the nearest thousand)
  • Author name, title of novel, and page number on the top right of every page

Changing Manuscript Information

If you need to change or add your contact information, you can do this by going to the account page – just select ‘account’ from the menu options or the bottom of the screen if you’re already in your dashboard. You can add your address in the manuscript information fields, and the export will pull it from there. We do not use your address for anything else but to add it to your manuscript for proper formatting.

If you want to publish under a different name, you can change the author name, title, and subtitle by going back to your novel, and clicking the ‘manage’ button inside the panel.

#6 How to Manage Your Novelize Account

Account Settings

The account page is where you can change your name, email address, and payment information. This is also the place to update your credit card if you want to use a different card or your current card expires.

If you signed up for a monthly account, you can upgrade to an annual account here as well. You can upgrade anytime, and your current month’s payment will be prorated.


We have a support page with frequently asked questions you might find useful. Just click on ‘support’ inside the menu. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, this is a great place to get in touch with us, too. You can send us questions or feedback about Novelize. We’ll answer all support messages as quickly and as personally as we reply to emails.

How to Close Your Account

Obviously, we don’t want to see you go. After all, you just found us! But we know that Novelize isn’t the right choice for everyone. You can close your account at any time by going to the account page and clicking on the ‘close account’ button. This button is all the way at the bottom of the page.

Before you close your account, please make sure to export your information. Even if you don’t want to write your novel with Novelize, we still think you should get your novel written.

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