Jer’s Novel Writer 1.1.10 Released!

It’s a big milestone for me, getting back on track maintaining Jer’s Novel Writer. For those of you who are not familiar with it, JersNW is a word processor with features to help my scattered thoughts fall into some sort of coherent form. It’s based on three principles:

  1. When I get an idea, I want to be able to jot it down without losing my train of thought.
  2. I don’t want to have to remember stuff, and when I need to find something I wrote before I can look it up without getting caught up in the part of the story where it happened.
  3. When I’m stuck on a line or know it could be better, or need to check a fact, or need to track continuity, I can flag it and know I’ll be able to get back to it later.

There are features to help with the mechanics of writing as well (drag-and-drop chapters, flexible database, and so forth), but mainly I just want to keep my momentum when the creative juices are flowing and know that when nitty-gritty time comes I’ll find the places that need attention. Man that’s liberating.

If you’re interested, you can learn more at Jer’s Software Hut. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, it’s Mac-only.


6 thoughts on “Jer’s Novel Writer 1.1.10 Released!

  1. Hi Jer. I apologize for posting here regarding your Novel Writer but couldn’t find anywhere else to do so at the Hut. Is the Novel Writer a software that is still being updated?

    I have found it to be an essential tool for my writing and love working with it. I think it is just minimalistic enough to be clean, straightforward, and user-friendly while still giving the user a number of incredibly helpful features in a way that other writing software doesn’t. The margin notes alone are of inestimable value for my writing.

    I hope you have not set this project aside permanently, as it is already such a wonderful program.

    • Right now the software is not being updated. There are a couple of reasons for that: first is that I have a square day job now and my free time is better spent writing that coding. Second is that my employer has a sorta-competing product, so there is a conflict of interest issue (though I think I could get the proper paperwork processed should I need to).

      I still use Jer’s Novel Writer regularly, and it still mostly works. There are a couple of things I’d like to fix, but that leads to the other blocker: The tools have changed quite a lot since those days (Jer’s Novel Writer still runs on Tiger) and when I went to compile the code for newer platforms I discovered a lot of work ahead.

      If Jer’s Novel Writer explodes completely with a new macOS release, I’ll have to fix it, if for no other reason than I need to be able to use it myself.

  2. I see. Well, I greatly hope we will one day get to see the things you would like to change. The more I use your program, the more I like it. It isn’t cluttered like a lot of other writing programs. But I’m sure you’ve heard all that before. I have a feeling you’ve been asked this before as well but…is it likely that there could possibly be a Windows version in the future? One day? When you have lots of free time? ;)

    Thank you again for the work that you’ve done. It’s a wonderful product that I’m hoping to use for NaNoWriMo in the fall.

  3. Jer,

    Quick question: is there any sort of workaround that will enable a person to export his margin notes out of Jer’s Novel Writer? I want to be sure I create a few backups of my notes and haven’t been able to get them out. Wanted to see if there is any other option before manually copying/pasting all of my notes one at a time.

    Thanks again for this product!


      • It worked! Thanks a ton for that suggestion. I’ve been feeling nervous about having my margin notes stored where I can’t back them up. Got some NaNoWriMo work in there and wanted to be sure I didn’t lose it.

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