Today's article is was written up and comer Emi Sano. Finding writing software that fits your style and needs can be difficult. We often recommend Scrivner on this blog but we also like choices. So here's Emi's review of the software Dabble.
There are a ton of writing software programs out there that all claim to be super helpful for new and established authors. The problem is trying to find the right one for you that’s also budget friendly. Costs can range from free to hundreds of dollars and monthly versus yearly subscriptions. Most of the time you get what you pay for - so watch out for some of the free ones.
Here’s where Dabble comes in.
Jacob Wright is the creator of Dabble. He is a self-taught programmer and didn’t start working on this app until he started getting into novel writing. Jacob knew he wanted to make beautiful software, so he combined his passions together and created this beautiful writing software. He wanted a tool that would focus on writing and none of the crazy extra features you see in other applications.
Dabble is a monthly ($9.99/month) or yearly ($99.99 -- two months free) subscription software that offers a 14-day free trial before you commit. I used this for the month of November during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) because they offered a free month’s trial for NaNoWriMo writers.
I discovered Dabble after signing up for a free trial of another writing software and finding that I wanted something similar but simpler to use. A fellow writer told me about the NaNoWriMo trial and said I should give it a try.
In this post I will talk about what I like and dislike about this software after using it for a month. This company is relatively new so they’re still working out the bugs and adding functionality. Some of the things I mention might not be there or will become available in the future.
But for now, here are my thoughts.
What I like about Dabble:
Jacob is always working on updates to bring writers what they need. So even if they don’t have a specific function now, it could be in the works and implemented in the next few months.
What I dislike about Dabble:
There really isn’t much to dislike about this software because it’s so simple to use and that’s the whole point of Dabble.
Dabble is available for both Mac OS and Microsoft Windows users and you can access it on any browser as well.
I’ve mentioned this earlier, but the awesome thing about this software is that the creative team listens to the users. They have a suggestions page where you can let them know how to improve their software. You can also go peruse and upvote any suggestions already made.
Their roadmap page shows what improvements they’ve made so far and what they’re going to be doing in the months ahead.
This is why after using Dabble during NaNoWriMo, I decided to continue and subscribe with the software. I love having the ability to go and section off my novella chapters. I like working on each chapter separately and without distraction. So far, it’s been a great help for me and I can’t wait for the new features to be implemented.
Summarized Key Information:
Pricing: $9.99/month; $99.99/year
System Requirements: Mac OS; Microsoft Windows
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