A Review of Dabble

Posted November 7, 2018 by Jessica Powell in Writing / 0 Comments

Gather around, friends, and let me tell you about the magnificence that is Dabble.

I found out about Dabble while browsing through the NaNoWriMo’s 2018 Sponsor page. Dabble is a writing software application that’s similar to Scrivener, but is CLOUD BASED. You can download a desktop app to use, or use the web app in your browser. No matter which one you use, everything automatically saves and syncs to the cloud. This is huge for me because although I write mainly on my personal computer, I also want to be able to write on my work computer when away on long business trips.

For me, it was all my dreams come true. I love the way Scrivener lets you organize your chapters into folders with sections that can be easily moved around, and viewed as either single snippets or a whole manuscript. Dabble offers this same structure, along with a Plot Grid, and a section to keep Story Notes for Characters, Places, or whatever else you want to create. Since Dabble is offering a free trial through all of November, I decided to sign up and give it a try.

Now, I’m hooked. It integrates directly with my NaNoWriMo account, and does cool things like automatically updates my word count, and calculates what daily goals I need to reach to reach 50,000.

It also has a Focus Mode to allow you to write without distractions, with a modern, beautiful interface that’s super easy to use. It doesn’t have all the power of Scrivener – for example, Dabble doesn’t have the capability to output into ebook format – but that was’t a feature I needed in particular. What Dabble lets me do is draft quickly and easily while tracking my goals and keep everything organized, and it lets me edit sections of my writing in manageable chunk while having a convenient place to store and reference my plot and worldbuilding notes.

And I can’t forget my favorite part — when I make my word count goals, I am rewarded with a popup congratulating me on my success. It is ADDICTING and every night I’m further motivated to make my writing goal just to earn this sweet praise:

Dabble is fairly new, and so doesn’t have ALL the features I’d love to see yet (like co-authoring support), but the roadmap shows that everything I want is on the way. Until then I’m really enjoying it — if you’re a writer, I highly recommend signing up for a trial and giving it a try!

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