The Novel Goggles Web App

Scene-Based Story Planning and Writing Software for Plotters and Pantsers

The Novel Goggles web app offers a comprehensive set of story planning and novel writing tools to help you write your novel, series or short stories. Whether you're starting from scratch or struggling with an existing story, use Novel Goggles to shape your writing into a cohesive manuscript with dynamic characters, engaging pace and tension, and well-timed inflection points and climaxes.

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Write with Context

Never search for your notes again. Write your Novel while referencing and updating your scene, setting and character sketches

Novel Goggles Text Editor Features.
  • Reference and Update your detailed plot while you write
  • Add Annotations for detailed notes
  • Assign Dialog
  • Quickly traverse scenes by:
    • Story Arc
    • Timeline
    • Character Arc
    • Location
  • Quickly toggle between Focus, Context or Balanced writing modes
  • Customise what is displayed in the different writing modes
Novel Goggles Text Editor Features.

Plan Your Story

Create or manipulate your Detailed Plot Outline in the dedicated Planning Context

Novel Goggles Detailed Planning Features.
  • Create a Detailed Plot Outline with Chapter and Scene Sketches
  • Set targets for Scene tension and pace
  • Drag and Drop Chapters & Scenes to change the order
  • Associate Locations and Characters with your Scene Sketches
  • Create a Timeline and assign dates to scenes
Novel Goggles Detailed Planning Features.

See Your Worlds

World Building & Locations, linked to your characters and scenes

Novel Goggles World Building Features.
  • Upload Images for your World Maps and populate them with your story Locations
  • View the active Scene's Summary and Setting details in the World Map view
  • See which Characters are at a location in a given scene
Novel Goggles World Building Features.

Write with Focus

Hide context information and dim menus to Focus on Creativity

Novel Goggles Focussed Writing Features.
  • Hide all unwanted information and menus
  • Change element opacity to suite your preferences
  • Quickly toggle between Focus, Context or Balanced writing modes
  • Customise what is displayed in the different writing modes
Novel Goggles Focussed Writing Features.

Develop Your Characters

Character Sketches, Character Arcs and Character Development

Novel Goggles Character Progression Features.
  • Use a description or upload an image
  • Assign Character Traits and update their influence in each scene
  • View and adjust Character traits for the active scene or across the character arc
  • Make Scene Notes for each scene a Character is in
  • Traverse Scenes by Character Arc in the Detailed Planning and Writing Contexts
Novel Goggles Character Progression Features.

Visualise Your Story Arcs

Keep Track of your Story Arcs and which Scenes are part of which arc

Novel Goggles Story Arcs Features.
  • Drag and Drop Scenes into the Story Arc Grid
  • Link Scenes to create merging and diverging Story Arcs
  • Traverse Scenes by Story Arc in the Detailed Planning and Writing Contexts
Novel Goggles Story Arcs Features.

Cultivate Your Writing Habit

Track your progress and set Goals

Novel Goggles User Goals Features.
  • Set activity goals and track time spent writing
  • Set Word Count Targets and monitor your progress
  • Specify specific days or a number of days you'd like to write
Novel Goggles User Goals Features.
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Subscription Options

Free Trial


for a limited amount of time

  • No payment details required
  • Feature Parity with the Hobbyist Tier
  • 7 Days of free use
  • Only days that you log in are counted

Novel Goggles Hobbyist

US $4 US $3 (excl. taxes)

per month

Beta Period Promotion
  • up to 2 Projects and 6 Manuscripts
  • up to 3 Manuscript Snapshots (rolling window)
  • up to 3 Scene Prose Snapshots (rolling window)
  • up to 25 Characters and Character Images
  • up to 25 Locations and Location Images
  • up to 6 World Maps
  • up to 10 Fictional Calendars

Novel Goggles Pioneer

US $5 US $3 (excl. taxes)

per month

Beta Period Promotion
  • Feature Parity with the Professional Tier
  • Join the Novel Goggles Pioneer Program
  • Early Access to New Features

Limited Subscriptions Available

Novel Goggles Professional

US $7 (excl. taxes)

per month

  • up to 20 Projects and 100 Manuscripts
  • up to 30 Manuscript Snapshots (rolling window)
  • up to 30 Scene Prose Snapshots (rolling window)
  • up to 250 Characters and Character Images
  • up to 250 Locations and Location Images
  • up to 60 World Maps
  • up to 100 Fictional Calendars

Coming 2024

You can subscribe to paid tiers within the application

If you like what you see, consider supporting us with a subscription and help us grow. We're a small company and every subscription provides us with more resources to pour into creating the features you want.

  • If you have concerns about the account limits, let us know.
  • Let us know what features you'd like to see.

Novel Goggles is still in Beta while we iron out any issues that crop up as we expand our user base. Read more about what this means below.

Novel Goggles 1.1.22_beta is in Beta

Novel Goggles 1.1.22_beta is currently in beta testing. What does this mean? This version of Novel Goggles is an early release that we feel is almost ready for wider adoption. While we try to test everything before a release, a more diverse user base will inevitably bring to light undiscovered issues. Some of the issues that may come to light are:

  • Problems with Novel Goggles features being used in ways that we did not foresee.
  • Problems with Novel Goggles views, styles and usability.
  • Problems on specific browsers or devices.
  • Problems with certain internet connection parameters such as bandwidth and latency.
  • Problems with maintaining an acceptable user experience as the Novel Goggles user base grows.

Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that you only use a Novel Goggles Beta version if you accept that there may be occasional interruptions in service or feature stability and usability issues. To ensure that beta users get acceptable value from using Novel Goggles and to limit the support burden on the Novel Goggles staff (and therefore ensure timeous feedback to support queries), we will take the following steps during the beta testing period:

  • We will be limiting paid subscriptions to the Hobbyist & Pioneer Subscription Tiers during the initial beta. The Pioneer Subscription Tier has a limited number of available seats.
  • To thank the Pioneers who are willing to help us with these beta testing periods, Pioneer Subscribers get the features of Professional Subscribers but at a discounted price. These benefits persist even during non-beta periods. Early access to future releases that enter beta testing will also become available to Pioneer Subscribers from time to time.
  • We may disable new sign-ups from time to time if we feel that we need to improve the scaling of Novel Goggles to accomodate larger audiences without impacting the user experience of all Novel Goggles users.

For all users, even those who are just exploring the Free Trial to see what Novel Goggles is about:

  • We appreciate any feedback that you can provide. We want Novel Goggles to grow and improve and user feedback is invaluable.
  • You can report bugs and request features - Click the Cog icon at the top right of the screen, then click either the Suggest A Feature or Report a Bug button.
  • You can also send us an e-mail. Find our contact details here: Support
  • If you are interested in using Novel Goggles but are not comfortable committing while Novel Goggles is in Beta, please sign up to the Mailing list on the Novel Goggles Home Page and we'll let you know when the Novel Goggles Beta period is over.

Novel Goggles Pioneer Program


  • Access to all Professional Subscription Tier functionality at a discounted price
  • The same account limitations as the Professional Subscription Tier
  • Early Access to new features and versions


  • New features and versions may be more prone to bugs and instability, potentially negatively impacting the user experience from time to time
  • Not always available to new subscribers: Limited seats

The Novel Goggles Pioneer Program is an early-access program that provides a limited number of Pioneer Subscription seats to interested users. The Novel Goggles Pioneer program will provide Pioneer subscribers with all of the features of the Professional subscription tier at a discounted price with the added bonus of allowing the user early access to new application features and new Novel Goggles web application versions. In exchange for these features at the discounted price, the user will be required to accept that from time-to-time they may be served newer versions of the Novel Goggles web application and features of the software that are not as well tested and that may be less stable and more prone to outages.

A user that signs up for the Pioneer subscription tier will maintain the above benefits while their subscription remains active. If at any time their subscription becomes inactive (due to cancellation or non-payment), the user will have to re-subscribe to the Novel Goggles SaaS and will only be able to join the Pioneer program if the currently active number of Pioneer subscribers falls under the limit, otherwise they will have to re-subscribe in one of the other subscription tiers (Hobbyist or Professional)

The number of available Pioneer subscription seats will determine if the Pioneer Subscription option is available. If the current number of active Pioneer subscribers is equal to or higher than the limit set by Novel Goggles, no new Pioneer subscriptions will be available until either the limit is increased or users leave the Pioneer subscription program by cancelling their Pioneer subscription, failing to pay for their Pioneer subscription or changing their subscription tier.

The number of Pioneer subscriptions available might be changed to increase it or decrease it at any time. If the limit is decreased and the number of active Pioneer subscribers is higher than the new limit, Pioneer subscribers will continue to be a part of the Pioneer program until their subscription becomes inactive, i.e., users will not be removed from the program even though there are technically more users than the limit allows. The limit will just prevent new Pioneer subscriptions.

Novel Goggles Blog

The Novel Goggles Blog covers topics related to planning and writing stories. You'll be able to find posts on the following:

Go to the blog now: Blog

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