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If you struggle with the execution …
Or if anxiety and a fear of vulnerability gets the best of you, making you doubt that your writing will stack up to public scrutiny …
And yet, like you, the greatest bestselling authors of all time understood the importance of writing the best book possible.
Which is why they all followed the exact same blueprint for building their stories.
And on this page, I’m going to show you how to copy them by revealing the underrated “storytelling superpower” that makes things like writer’s block and plot holes a thing of the past.
If you want a copy and paste method for writing stories that makes your readers feel like they won’t find another book as good as yours ever again…
I’ve got great news for you!
I’ve created a Notion template called …
The Fiction Operating System
⚠️ It’s a pretty advanced Notion template.
(So, if you’re not familiar with Notion or if you’re fairly new to Notion, you may face a learning curve that matches your experience.)
☢️ It’s a rather expensive template
(It costs nearly $500, which is not exactly spare change by most writers’ standards. Even with the payment plans I offer.)
⛔️ And WORST of all … it’s not for every type of writer.
(Truth is, the greatest system in the world is absolute rubbish if it’s not a good fit for you and the way you write. But Fiction OS is super helpful to the specific type of writer who meets the criteria below.)
🚧 You get stuck trying to make everything perfect.
🚧 You rewrite, and edit, and rewrite. But you’re worried less about typos and more about your lack of character progression, plot pacing and a million other things.
🚧 You forget important things that are needed to develop your story.
🚧 Parts of your story seem “invisible” and you don’t know how each scene or chapter fits within your story as a whole.
🚧 Too often, you’re unable to figure out where the plot holes are in your story and you struggle with visualizing your entire story.
🚧 You have pacing problems in your plot and it’s difficult to review everything from start to finish and know what every scene is about.
🚧 You have trouble sticking to the plot. Too many times, you’ve gone off script, writing for 20 pages on something irrelevant to the story.
🚧 Your characters aren’t distinct, their actions and dialogue become blurred with another character’s.
🚧 You’ve gone down the storytelling rabbit-hole and quickly got overwhelmed. You’ve binged-watched videos on YouTube for hours instead of writing the story you had planned.
🚧 You struggle with staying on one project. You get inspired to start new writing projects. And as soon as you have it underway, and know that you have all you need to finish it, you move on.
🚧 You’ve got so many pieces in the works, you forget about them. You randomly come across an abandon project and realize you forgot all about it.
🚧 You’ve abandoned work you actually enjoyed because it’s been too long since you’ve written each part.
🚧 Your Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote or local files are a mess and you feel scattered across a ton of different writing tools and tech.
🚧 You waste a ton of time trying to remember where you’ve saved your files.
🚧 You feel overwhelmed, like you can’t keep up with your writing obligations.
🚧 Things often feel like they’re “falling through the cracks“.
🚧 You’ve tried bulky book writing software that had lots of bells and whistles but it didn’t have the exact feature you needed, which worsened your results.
If you find yourself struggling with plot issues, overwhelmed with the writing process, and feeling scattered and spread across different platforms like Scrivener, Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox, as well as paper planners and book writing apps …
You may have heard of something called a story bible – a helpful tool writers use for recording and remembering information about their plots and characters.
Fiction OS is something like a story bible but with extra special sauce!
Fiction OS is an original Notion template that keeps all your story elements in one unified place so that you don’t forget them and waste valuable time searching for them.
Instead, you get to focus on finishing your projects quickly and as simply as possible.
But it’s not only a template. It also comes with several writing guides. And they are as close as possible as you’ll get to a step-by-step system for writing fiction:
“Build this part of your character’s backstory first. Then this part of their personality. Give them this motivation and this emotional need based on their backstory and personality. Structure your plot this way to give readers a powerful emotion experience. Outline your scene like this to write the perfect scene every time and keep readers engaged.”
And – so on. Until your book is published.
Fiction OS shows you every step of the process.
And it shows you more in-depth than any other book writing software out there.
It’s the template I use every single day to manage multiple projects, build characters, create plot arcs, track word counts, do big strategic marketing planning, task management, and write my entire manuscript.
Everything has a place, and nothing gets lost.
✅ 1:50 – The ONE reason why you almost always fail at writing (and how Fiction OS solves this problem)
✅ 9:22 – Why Fiction OS can help you get more writing done without restricting your unique writing process so you can finish more books and publish faster
✅ 13:33 – How Fiction OS eliminates writer’s block so that you always have GREAT ideas
✅ 21:59 – How Fiction OS makes plot holes a thing of the past so your readers will praise you for having wonderful continuity
👍 You’re a storyteller, novelist, creative writer or fan fiction writer of any genre.
👍 You’re looking for the easiest way to keep track of all your story elements for your novel or your entire book series.
👍 You want to make writing, publishing and marketing organization one of your new healthy habits.
👍 You’re looking for long-term shifts in your systems and workflows, not quick fixes.
👍 You recognize that despite all the fanciest templates, you will still need to put in the work to customize your Fiction OS to your own needs.
👍 You’ve gotten to that point where you have to do something different or fail.
👍 You’ve gotten to that point where you have to do something different or fail.
👎 You know for certain that you can’t really work creatively with tables, spreadsheets or databases.
👎 You get secondhand anxiety from staring at a wall of story data.
👎 You’re still on the fence about whether or not Notion is the right tool for you.
👎 You’re feeling rushed or panicked, and don’t have time to invest in developing a Fiction Operating System that works for you.
👎 You’re looking for a quick fix for years of disorganization and lack of good systems.
👎 You expect/require your operating system to be perfect and aren’t interested in the work of building your space.
Fiction OS leans in to the genius techniques of the greatest authors and remixes what they’ve already mastered.
It expands the concept of a story bible and takes it to a brand new level!
From character creation, to world-building, to plotting, to writing multiple books within a shared universe.
Fiction OS has everything you need to tell timeless stories that improves the lives of those who read them, leaving a legacy of impact that will be shared and remembered.
Fiction OS includes a set of database bundles based on specific needs of genre fiction writers.
The databases included are a near replica of my own setup, and everything you need to adapt and build on these databases is included.
It took me a LONG time to work this stuff out … and I think you will find this system extremely helpful and time-saving.
(Every screenshot below gives you an exclusive sneak peak into my personal databases so you can see for yourself what an active Fiction Operating System looks like. And this is the reason some of the images are blurred – to avoid spoilers. My readers are watching. 👀 😅)
Manage all your projects in one place and view the entire picture of your writing life at a glance.
Store all your metadata, product descriptions, front matter, back matter, back cover copy, press kits, and anything else that goes with the production of your books for easy access.
This makes it painless to quickly copy and paste your data when uploading your book to multiple retailers, your website, social media, or sharing with book reviewers and book promotion websites.
Your place to build character backstories and easily give your characters distinctive personality traits. From personal details such as how your protagonist takes her coffee. To fantastic details like special powers and abilities.
The Character Creation database comes with a step-by-step character builder that will help you conjure up lively characters.
You’ll dive into their emotional world and give them a crazy amount of depth without losing sight of their quest, the main plot, or the purpose of the story.
The table format makes it easy to do side-by-side comparisons to enure each character is unique.
Your characters will walk right off the page and into the hearts of readers who will never forget them.
The relationships between your characters and the rest of your story world are also easily tracked:
✅ Who knows who, and what information, and when
✅ Who knows who, and what information, and when
✅ Whether or not a character appeared in book three of your sprawling 12-book series.
No more searching for those small but important details ever again.
The characters you’ll introduce to your readers will be seen as real people that they know intimately. The admiration for them will run so deep that readers won’t be able to imagine life without your characters.
The Plot Arc database helps you plan out your plot and character arcs with a wide overview of how your story is structured.
This means you’ll find faults in your plot you’ve never considered before, and means you’ll avoid plot holes.
You’ll always know where tension might be lagging, and places where the action is too loose or too tight (if you have a huge cluster of events taking place in one hour, for example).
As you glance at the screenshot below, take note of the purple block labeled with the yellow text: “Instructions”. Inside that toggle you’ll find a free step-by-step course on how to outline powerful Plot Arcs.
The course breaks down 3 of the most successful and acclaimed stories of all time: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (the book version, not the movie) and Black Panther.
From their beginnings, through their middles, and to their endings – it’s a thorough deep dive into their structures, their similarities and their differences.
Every detail about what makes them tic and why (mostly) everyone in the world connected with those stories and fell head-over-heels in love with them.
More importantly, the course provides you with actionable steps on how you can apply the same principles to your story today directly in your Plot Arcs database.
The course alone is valued at $100.
Gathering your thoughts when writing a novel can be a tricky process. Which is why many of the greats made sure they planned their plots beforehand.
And the Plot Arc database is also connected to your Scene Maps (below) so that you may easily reference your plot arc while you’re writing your scene.
This way you don’t have to keep multiple apps, windows or browser tabs open, and constantly switch between your notes app, your spreadsheet app, and your book writing software.
Look, the harsh truth is, some writers can’t even keep their protagonists’ hair and eye color consistent from novel to novel. With Fiction OS, you’ll be the author that readers will praise for having such wonderful continuity.
The Scene Maps database is perfect for building your narrative timeline. Each scene in your story is linked to relevant characters, locations and any other story element you need to see a connection between.
What may look like unintelligent scribbles to the untrained mind are the work of geniuses.
Notice that many of the greats use a block matrix to organize their timelines and events.
It’s simple and elegant.
And it’s precisely why Fiction OS is built on the exact same blueprint.
Famous authors have built billion-dollar careers using hand-drawn tables for their outlines.Without directly copying each other, they all used the same planning process, instinctively.
Planning stories within a table, database or spreadsheet is a proven path to writing the best book possible.
So, if it ain’t broke … throw technology at it and maker it even better!
And with the advanced capabilities of the Scene Maps database, you’ll track even more details than what will ever possible on paper. Such as:
✅ Which characters played a role in which event
✅ What happens in what order (like if a villain knows the heroes are coming before they decide to go, that kind of thing.)
✅ Who’s together at what times; where every character is when important events occur; and show when a character’s been out of the picture for too long – like if a villain seems to spend a lot of time sitting around doing nothing.
You’ll easily review your scenes over an entire manuscript and even compare multiple manuscripts to each other (for those authors writing an extended series the length and complexity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
And as a bonus, this database also comes with a free step-by-step course on how to write perfect scenes that will delight and surprise readers.
It also comes with a second bonus course: A complete walk-through on how to write compelling try/fail cycles that will put readers on the edge of their seats and keep them from sleeping because they just can’t stop turning the page.
Both courses are valued at $100 each. This is the ultimate tool kit for writing scenes that readers love.
The Scene Maps database will help you finish drafts faster – and you’ll produce less drafts in general – because you’ll have an effortless time getting through all the hardest parts of the writing process since Fiction OS guides you every step of the way.
(Plus, you’ll save a ton of money on editing because your wonderful editor will simply have less edits to make.)
Track your word count output daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly with Fiction OS’s automatic word count trackers.
Tracking your word count ensures you’ll know exactly how far you’ve come in your writing journey, and will allow you to evaluate your habits so that you can make improvements and perform even better going forward.
Are you more productive when writing in your favorite coffee shop or your bedroom? Does your writing quality increase in the morning or at night?
Fiction OS has the answers and will keep you informed about your writing habits every step of the way.
The World-Building database helps you create a world so vivid that your readers will see themselves in it.
With the World-Building database you can build anything: magic systems, political systems, belief systems, cultures, languages and technological systems.
Each of which are linked to the relevant characters, locations and groups who use them.
This keeps your story consistent while also allowing you to spot gaps in your world-building – like if your villain aims to take over the world but is only having a real impact on your small band of heroes, while the rest of the world isn’t particularly bothered.
Create a small town, an island, a planet in outer space, a house in a town or a farm, a dungeon, a subway station, a coffee shop …
Develop location histories, upload interior layouts of buildings and exterior layouts of landscapes. Link them all to the events that take place in that location. Tag a location as a character’s birth location or place of current residence. Link languages to the locations in which they are spoken.
This helps you preserve accuracy and provide realism when your characters revisit a location. You’ll maintain consistency with things such as outdoor foliage and ensure a grove of evergreens mentioned during a picnic scene grows as time passes in your story. Plus, you can even embed Google Maps for extra detail in your world-building.
Sometimes you come across images you like and want to reference later for inspiration.
When you add images to your art gallery and attach them to projects, scenes, characters, or locations … that’s where you’ll always find them. Every time.
They’ll never get lost in some random folder on your hard drive ever again. Plus, you’ll even save hundreds of gigabyte space because your images are stored in the cloud.
Even better, you won’t have to pay extra for that storage. You can save an unlimited amount of images in your art gallery.
Build creatures and species to add depth to your world and link them to the relevant locations in which they inhabit – and even characters if your creature plays a specific role.
This means you’ll be able to easily reference what was the name of that dead pet hamster your protagonist buried in chapter three of book 6.
Create family bloodlines, evil secret societies, sports teams, or a band of magical misfits and link them to the relevant characters who are members.
This helps you follow where affiliations truly lie, who’s playing both sides, and which side is winning.
Create mcguffins, clothing, accessories and other objects that serve a purpose in your story. Link them to the relevant characters to maintain consistency.
This means you never have to worry about forgetting what color and model of car your protagonist drove in chapter one of book 2. When your protagonist gets into her car, you won’t have to skim through one hundred pages of text to find out what kind of car it was. You can turn to Fiction OS.
Toss all your loose thoughts into your Idea Bucket. Whether they are broad plot concepts, a list of quirky character names to select from, potential book titles, snippets of scenes, random bits of dialogue, or a clever turn of phrase that just popped into your head.
Tag your notes for easy reference and link them the relevant project.
Even if your past notes are super old, your Idea Bucket brings them back to the surface at the right moment so you can add layers of depth to your stories.
This ensures your notes will never get buried and lost ever again, saving you from the heartbreak of losing a cool idea.
Plus, it helps you remember context as you add depth and texture to your book. If you’ve collected pieces of dialogue, you can weave them into the narrative. If you’ve been gathering bits of description, you can drop those in to create mood.
This keeps you writing consistently and helps you conquer writer’s block because you’ll feel like you’re swimming in a wealth of story ideas. And all you have to do it pick the one that excites and inspires you the most.
Found an interesting article about available fabrics of your story’s era that you want to refer back to later? Use the web clipper to copy it into Fiction OS before it disappears from the Internet, leaving behind the dreaded “404 Page Not Found”.
Tag the article for easier reference and link it to any relevant character, location or other notes.
This assures that your research never gets buried and lost forever (like browser bookmarks, “read later” apps or other note-taking software). It will easily resurface exactly when you need it for your story, avoiding the wasted time and effort of searching for it all over again.
While each of the above databases may have its own internal tagging system, you also have the option of applying universal tags called Super Tags.
This allows you to tag anything within your entire Fiction OS for extra efficiency in linking your story elements together, making it even easier to find any information you’re looking for.
You can create all kinds of unique tag hierarchies using parent and child tags of your own design, which means you always have total control of how your content is organized.
Sometimes you need to tell your brain exactly what it should be doing at any given time.
Create a writing schedule and make plans to world-build, brainstorm a scene or spend time doing some research.
Your “Action Zone” database is perfect for holding yourself accountable for any goal that you seriously want to achieve like publishing a book this year; or for any habit you want to build such as: write for 2 hours every day, or spend 1 hour this weekend reading a new book.
With Fiction OS, you will always have a plan and will always know what step to take next to bring you closer to reaching your publishing goals.
A place to track what you’re currently reading, what you’ve already read, your to-be-read pile and the books on your wish list.
A place to write and store your book descriptions, copyright pages, synopses, back cover copy, front & back matter and anything else copywriting related.
A place to store links to all your social media along with each variation of your profile photos, bios, banners, etc.
Every database is connected to each other so that you always have a eagle-eyed view of your entire writing life and can see the big picture.
Your projects, for instance, will automatically pull relevant information from each database that it’s connected to.
The next screenshot shows you how the inside of a project looks.
See for yourself how all the other databases are funneled into it, but the project only gathers info that is specifically related to it:
Because Fiction OS is a Notion template, it’s 100% customizable.
You’re not stuck with Fiction OS “as is” like you are with other book writing software and plot-building apps.
You’re free to move pages and databases around in your workspace as it best fits your workflow.
If you don’t need a particular feature, simply remove it to avoid clutter.
Need a brand new feature that’s super specific to your needs? Create it, easily and instantly.
You’re encouraged to decorate it with new colors that fit your mood and aesthetic to make it a more personalized space.
(Obviously, from the screenshots, I prefer dark mode with purple accents and yellow text. But if that’s not your style, you can easily change it.)
The beauty of Fiction OS is that it’s not a static system.
It’s a dynamic thing that grows with you and encourages continual improvement, of not only your creative processes, but your entire self.
You’re going to want Fiction OS to do something that it’s not built to do yet.
That’s not a problem, it’s an opportunity to iterate and improve.
While most book writing apps toss you into their world and force you to adapt to their rigid, prison-yard structure …
Fiction OS evolves to become your world the more you use it, allowing your creativity to finally break free like it never has been able to before.
Fiction OS is designed to expand and adapt according to your needs and not someone else’s idea of what your writing process should look like.
My take? You should always be able to do exactly what works best for you and your projects.
And that’s why I encourage you to mold Fiction OS to match your unique creative process and personal workflow.
It will only help you write better stories and publish them even faster.
✅ Write consistently with an extra boost in confidence that shows up in your stories. Your readers will feel the amount of joy you put into your work. And they’ll get a sense that you love your writing process from the first drafts to final revisions.
✅ Keep all your story elements in the right place and consider your story as a whole rather than just a linear narrative.
✅ Conquer the learning curve of powerful storytelling by starting with step-by-step guides on how to build complex characters, interesting plots, page-turning scenes.
✅ Design a custom workspace that works for you, helps you visualize your story concepts, and makes sure nothing falls through the cracks.
✅ Build better systems for planning, managing, and reviewing your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, writing habits, and word count goals.
✅ Ensure you have a consistent workflow, know where everything lives, and don’t feel overwhelmed.
✅ Surface your most important ideas, research, and projects so they are top of mind and easy to access, without feeling cluttered.
✅ Start off with a full set of beginner databases, and discover how to layer in more complexity on an as-needed basis.
A LOT, OKAY?!? I said that.
Look, this is obviously the most valuable template I’ve ever designed.
It’s truly the only one of its kind. There’s literally nothing else like it on the market.
And that’s why it’s grown to become the most popular Notion template for fiction writers.
So I have NO qualms about making it pricey.
Besides … It displeases me when people buy things I make for them and don’t put it to good use.
Which is why…
Obviously, this is not an ‘impulse’ buy. Nor do I want it to be.
And especially given that I am not offering change-of-mind refunds on this product.
That said, for a limited amount of time, I’m offering two payment plans.
At checkout, you can choose between bi-weekly payments or monthly payments.
They both lower your upfront cost significantly, but because of added interest, they end up costing more over time.
So think carefully before you pull the trigger.
And to help you make the decision …
✋ → ❤️ “I write genre fiction.”
Fiction OS is designed primarily for genre fiction writers who intend to write and publish books. Not for screenwriters, non-fiction writers or D&D dungeon masters. If you are one of these people, purchase at your own risk.
✋ → ❤️ “I am fine with storing all my creative work in Notion.”
This is a Notion template. Not an app or software that you can download for offline use.
Notion is cloud based software so that’s where all your writing will be stored. There is no offline mode (yet – they appear to be working on it).
That works perfectly fine for me, but I understand that not everybody is cool with the cloud. So, if you absolutely need your files offline, you’ll have to make heavy use of Notion’s exporting feature (until Notion develops offline mode).
✋ → ❤️ “I understand Fiction OS is not a quick-profit, bestselling book plan, but a long-term investment in my professional career and success as a fiction author.”
i.e. unlike what some fake gurus claim, Fiction OS is not a magic publishing bullet that will land you on the bestsellers list.
It can’t 100% guarantee your happiness. It can’t guarantee any specific outcome directly or indirectly attributed to its system.
In fact, always be wary of anyone making promises about the future financial success of your book. No one can predict any kind of turnout or guarantee a bestseller.
Great books get passed over just as much as bad books become bestsellers.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. There’s absolutely nothing terrible about making money. I want you make tons of money from your books.
But I’ve found that the authors who succeed at getting paid the big bucks seem to focus on writing the best book possible for the people who genuinely want to read the book.
In the end, it will be the connection you’ve developed with your readers that will produce those feelings of esteem, appreciation and meaningfulness you seek because you’ve brought your reader value.
Writing the best possible book is the only metric that will lead to the prestige of publishing a project of true quality, the social status of having the admiration of readers, and MAYBE the reputation of being a bestselling author.
(It will certainly increase the likelihood of all those things)
And if you can afford the time and effort to do it right, then Fiction OS is the best system for your book.
Just please don’t buy it with your last remaining rent money because you’ve suddenly grown dollar-sign pupils. 🤑
✋ → ❤️ “I am willing to completely finish at least one full project with Fiction OS.”
If you’ve hung around writers long enough, you’ll have picked up on the phrase “Show, don’t tell”.
And on that note, it’s undeniable that writing a project in Fiction OS completely, from beginning to end, is the most solid path for you to discover its true power for yourself.
I’ve found that the biggest reason writers don’t finish their manuscripts is because they fail to show up for themselves — there is always a reason or an excuse for why they can’t commit.
The goal of Fiction OS is to help you finish, which is why this template is structured the way it is. It’s very intentional.
So, even if you only use it to publish a short story that you’ll use as a reader magnet for your email list, you need to finish something.
No matter the outcome. Finish it for you. Develop that skill of making it to the end. Write because you want to or even have to.
There’s nothing as sad as a story left unfinished. And the only way to finish a writing project is to keep consistently doing it.
Fiction OS is simply designed to make the writing process as easy as it can possibly ever be. It offers you the tools.
It isn’t magic. But when you use it, you become a magician.
And even though I believe it can catch you up to speed super quickly …
It will all depend on your effort and how seriously you follow the steps. It is your responsibility to do the writing.
And I believe in you. Yeah, I know I might not know you personally. But I know why you’re here. I know what’s going through your head because I’ve been there. And I am here to support you.
Everything that is in my head about the writing process is also in Fiction OS.
And if you put it in practice – it might not be a home run on the first try – but the momentum you get from finishing your first manuscript with Fiction OS will lead to the home run.
Publishing a book is simple, but it’s not easy. All I can do is give you a helpful head start. And I’m confident that Fiction OS can do that for you.
What it won’t do is force you to finish.
So it’s time for you to take action today.
Because you owe it to yourself to give it your best!
Things will be different this time.
✋ → ❤️ “I understand there are NO refunds if I change my mind about wanting Fiction OS.”
I’m serious on this. Fiction OS is a 100% digital product. Therefore, I offer no refunds.
I stand behind Fiction OS. I am invested in your satisfaction and I will jump through flaming hoops to solve your problems.
If you’re not 100% sure about Fiction OS, please watch the demo video 15 times on a loop, enlarge all the screenshot images and zoom in to the tiniest pixel, read all the FAQ below, email me (michael [at] mlmjr [dot] com), and ask any questions you have to know if this is the right product for you before you purchase.
The reality though?
Once you start building your Fiction Operating System, you’ll be thinking of a different r-word:
Step 1 – Click any of the giant pink buttons on this page. And it will take you directly to the bottom of this page.
Step 2 – At the bottom of this page, choose to pay in full or select one of the payment plans that best matches your finances by clicking one of the three buttons.
Step 3 – The button you decide to click will open a window that looks like this:
Your final step is to enter your payment details and click subscribe.
Then, after you make your purchase, you will immediately be taken to a page where you can duplicate Fiction OS into your Notion workspace.
The page will look like this:
All you have to do is click “Duplicate” in the upper right corner (Follow the big red arrow in the screenshot above).
This will create a copy of Fiction OS in your personal Notion workspace, instantly.
(Note: If you don’t already have a Notion account, when you click “Duplicate”, you will be prompted to create an account with Notion. Sign-up takes only a few seconds and it’s free. Fiction OS will be available in your workspace right after you sign up.)
Uhhh. Like. Who are you?
I’m Michael … ya know, from the video at the top of this page 👆 … you obviously didn’t watch it. 🙄
Well, that makes two of us. As an introvert, I’m allergic to watching myself on video. 😬 It’s super cringe. I feel light-headed just thinking about it.
Oh, well, reintroducing myself will give me a chance to relentlessly flood this page with endless emojis. 🤡
Okay, now let’s get serious.
What I didn’t mention in the video is that I’m the author of the fantasy novel Burn in Hades.
🛑 But don’t go to Amazon and buy it because I’m in the process of rewriting it. Not because anything is wrong with it, per se.
(The book has an average rating of four and a half stars so people either really like it or they’re too polite to hurt my feelings.)
All good to me.
The rewrite is due to Fiction OS having opened my eyes to new opportunities as the story unfolds into an extended series.
See, for the last ten years, I was desperate to finish the sequel to Burn in Hades. I got stuck in a rut and couldn’t see the whole picture.
My sad little manuscript sobbed in a corner, screaming of plot issues, pacing problems and ideas that were just straight up pooh-pooh.
But the worst part, I felt so scattered across a ton of different writing tools and tech, I abandoned the project in frustration.
There are more half-finished manuscripts sitting around on peoples’ computers than all the books ever published in the last 50 years combined.
And mine dove into that pile of burning carcasses with a harsh and upsetting thud.
I had lost 10+ years trying to gather my story together with various combinations of software like:
Evernote, OneNote, Bear, Google Docs, MS Word, PageFour, ConnectedText, yWriter, and many more!
Trying to mish mash all these different components together, unsuccessfully.
Each system was powerful on its own, but I didn’t have a master process that pulled them all together in a cohesive, consistent way.
I was in limbo, and I knew it was affecting my ability to focus on writing and publishing.
So, you can imagine, at this point, I didn’t anticipate that more software would ever be a solution to my problem.
I had stopped searching.
My last resort was to create the perfect system for myself, specifically designed for a novelist, a storyteller, and the non-linear-thinking brain of a creative type.
And to my astonishment, I accidentally stumbled my way into doing exactly that.
My writing life changed when I learned how building Fiction OS could help me get more writing done, finish more books and publish faster with less effort.
And look, I’m not saying it’s the ONLY way to boost your creative output – but it works for me.
I can honestly say, I feel like Fiction OS has easily doubled my writing productivity.
It offers different perspectives, opens up opportunities, and makes me realize things I didn’t see before.
Fiction OS promotes my old ideas to the surface at the right moment so I can add layers of depth to my stories.
This keeps me writing consistently and helps to conquer writer’s block because I feel like I’m swimming in a wealth of story ideas.
I have way too many ideas now and will never be able to write them all. So, I just pick the ones that excite and inspire me the most. It’s a great problem to have.
It also “see’s” connections between characters that I never anticipated, and spots holes in the plot that I overlooked which helps me choose the most powerful POV, maintain tone of voice, and craft better scenes.
It creates links between characters and the items they use, the locations they dwell, the plots they play a role in, the research I’ve gathered, the potential future books they might appear in, and… literally anything else I want.
And it remembers these things so I don’t have to.
This helps me maintain consistency in my world-building and makes the editing process a breeze.
It even assembles all my projects in one easy-to-find place so I can see the entire picture of my writing life at a glance, and tracks my vision and ideas in a creative non-linear way.
All without restricting my writing process.
I get to focus on finishing my projects quickly and as simply as possible.
I’m now writing consistently with an extra boost in confidence that shows up in my stories.
And I’m currently on track to publish a series of 7 books that I plan to release all at once so that my readers don’t have to wait several (more) years to read each of them.
And once my master plan is complete, I’ll swap out the old version of Burn in Hades with the new one so that every reader who already purchased the book will get the fresh new version of their favorite story at no extra cost.
You should choose the software that is the best fit for you; whichever you feel the strongest connection to its features, and what they mean to you and your writing journey; and ultimately, the one that gets you actual results.
Because that’s the point. That’s why you’re here.
I could tell you that this template “change people’s lives”, but you’ll never experience it without taking action for yourself.
Authors are discovering that with Fiction OS as their “second brain”, they are having an easier time keeping their world, outlines, notes, and book ideas organized.
This means your imagination will blossom and you’ll grow even more creative because you’ll avoid feeling cluttered and overwhelmed. And you won’t be wasting your valuable writing time looking for your files because you’ll know where everything lives.
I’m not saying Fiction OS is necessarily your best solution, but I can say that after years of procrasti-productivity and trying to find “that one system that finally works,” NOTHING else has quite compared to new habits I’ve been able to develop now that I’ve created a piece of tech that works the way a creative brain works.
I totally get it! If this truly is a make-or-break moment for your financial situation, I’ll make it simple for you: X out of this website.
I grew up on welfare so I’ll never be one of those people who tells you to max your credit card or borrow money from a friend to purchase this template.
I’ll give you a virtual hug, a fist bump, and send you on your way with love!
If that’s not you, and you’re just feeling some garden-variety investment anxiety, let’s talk.
I understand you want to know if you’re getting your money’s worth. You want to feel secure in your decision-making process.
Is Fiction OS actually worth the asking price or can you get a better return on your investment somewhere else?
The short answer is: you get to make up your own mind.
I’m not going to try to pitch you a load of bullshit about how great Fiction OS is because it’s just too obvious for me to say Fiction OS is great value.
And if you’ve fully watched the demo and read through all the features above, you have a pretty good idea if this is for you or not.
If you’re just starting out, or going through a ‘lean’ period, you’re going to be more cautious with your cash. I get it.
I understand that this is a BIG DEAL for you!
Which is why I’ve spent a lot of time thinking through pricing.
It needed to be enough of a premium that authors would be motivated to really make use of the template and act in a way that’s beneficial to their publishing journey, but not too much money that it became cost prohibitive to the people who would benefit from it the most.
And if you break it down, it’s only $1.23 per day.
Some people spend way more than that on coffee.
Other people buy investments into their future.
You can spend the next 2 years reading random blog posts and watching YouTube videos, or you can spend $450 to download a professional template that does all the hard work for you and makes your writing life easier.
Fiction OS never leaves you to have to figure out what to do next. It tells
you exactly what to do, every step of the way.
And by never thinking about the process, you get to focus only on your ideas and creating.
Yes. I understand that not all authors have the money up front to get started with Fiction OS so I’m offering two types of payment plans.
They will only be available for a limited time because I despise payment plans. They don’t make you value what you paid for.
You get the flexibility to spread the cost of your purchase over time with convenient, stress-free payment options. But because of added interest, you end up paying more.
If you can’t afford the full retail price today, you should probably start saving up for the best overall value.
Both both both. If you’re previously published, Fiction OS can help you do it faster and with less mental energy.
If you’ve never written anything in your life (not even a blog post), well, everyone has to start somewhere. And there’s no better place to start than with Fiction OS.
Whether you’re a planner or a pantser (or even if you don’t know what that means), you can add details to your Fiction OS before you begin writing your manuscript, during the writing process or after you’ve published so that the next book in your series is connected by the strongest threads possible.
Yes, definitely. Here is a partial list of the types of people who are not a good fit for Fiction OS:
It’s taken me 2+ years to build Fiction OS to a point where it seemed viable to release to the public.
As part of this work, I’ve seen the most common challenges, hiccups, and missing pieces that most authors struggle with when trying to plan and write stories.
Month after month I’ve managed how everything links together, and organized Fiction OS into the most simplest structure possible.
This means all the busy work of creating the actual framework has been done for you.
All you have to do is focus on your project. And fair warning, you may spend a few days/weeks playing with the possibilities.
I promise it’s worth it. Whatever time you spend on it, you win it back later by having everything sorted out from start to finish.
I can honestly say that even with all the time I’m investing in developing Fiction OS for authors, I feel like it has easily doubled my writing productivity.
Now instead of Netflixing in the evenings, I’m playing in Fiction OS because it’s all so easily VISIBLE.
It’s much harder to lose track of ideas in this space.
If you’re ready for an integrated publishing productivity system you’ll actually stick to, get Fiction OS today!
Yes, you must manually enter your daily word count.
The weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly word count trackers will pull from your daily input and update automatically.
The progress bar attached to your project will also pull information from your daily input and will automatically display the percentage of overall completion towards your project.
This means you can see how much you’ve written for all your books on one single page.
No. Fiction OS does not have map-creation functionality. But when you create your maps elsewhere in your favorite app, you may upload and embed them in Fiction OS for easy access, consolidating your files, and for backups.
For the foreseeable future, there won’t be any updates.
Because this isn’t an app, there’s no way to push updates to you.
Any update would have to come in the form of a brand new blank template that you would duplicate into your workspace.
Which means you would then have to transfer all your content from your previous system to the new one, manually.
This process makes sense when you get your hands on Fiction OS for the very first time.
But to do that every time there’s an update just doesn’t seem practical to me.
Especially, if you’ve added lots of content.
(Which I hope you end up doing because that means you’re fully utilizing the template).
So, until Notion figures out how to make pushing updates to you a possibility, there will be no updates.
Yes! Many authors are currently using Fiction OS to write their books (including me).
That said, Notion isn’t a dedicated writing app. It’s the best at what it does. But here are two areas where it needs improvement:
1. It doesn’t provide any advanced editing capabilities, and doesn’t match the editorial features you would find in software like Scrivener or MS Word.
Therefore, authors need to export their text into software such as AutoCrit, ProWriting Aid or MS Word for the editing process. The same goes for when it’s time to format your book with software like Vellum.
But for me, the editing process is saved until the very end of the writing process (the final draft). So this is a compromise that doesn’t get in my way or steal any time from me. It just feels like it’s a part of the process.
2. Exporting your manuscript out of Notion isn’t as straightforward as I’d prefer either. It has some quirks. The good news is that it appears the developers have those quirks on their radar and its on their roadmap to improve them.
That said, it hasn’t been updated yet.
Personally, those two downsides are Notion’s only bothersome issues for me.
And it’s something I’m willing to compromise with until Notion improves those features.
Currently, the pros outweigh those cons. At least for me. Like I said, Notion is the best at doing everything else.
So, it’s totally up to you.
It’s important for you to understand that Fiction OS is not software that you download and install to your computer.
Instead, it is a template that allows you to design your writing life directly in your favorite browser.
And that is made possible through the power of a software platform called Notion.
Notion.so is the name of the web-based tool used to streamline the function of several different online tools that are typically used for collaboration.
In plain language?
Notion is an app that will change the way professionals organize everything by bringing all the tools that they need to one place. It’s a tool that is founded on the premise that users should be able to build whatever they need to when using it.
Bottom line: Fiction OS would not be possible without Notion.
If you don’t already have a Notion account, you will be prompted to create a free account with Notion after you purchase Fiction OS and click “duplicate”.
The template also comes with detailed instructions on how to use it.
And rest assured, the entire onboarding process for Notion only takes a few seconds.
You’ll be building your story in no time!
Notion’s free tier will not restrict Fiction OS.
Notion’s paid tier would only come into play on 2 occasions:
1. If you need more than 5mb of storage space for hosting files such as docs, audio or video (images, text, and pages do not count against your storage space);
2. If you would like to add members to your workspace for collaboration (but you may add up to 5 guests on the free tier).
Otherwise, you can fill Fiction OS with unlimited text, images, pages and embeds using Notion’s free tier with no restrictions on Fiction OS’s functionality or features.
That said, I’m not affiliated with Notion.
Notion may change their feature limits at any time without my knowledge. So please check with Notion first before you take my word on their software limitations.
Finally, Full Disclosure: I pay yearly for Notion’s Team Member plan and recommend it if you can swing it. I’ve been happy with it for the past 2+ years. 😃
Notion is a great tool in it’s own right even without using the Fiction OS template.
Besides using it to plan and write my fantasy novel series, I also use Notion for other things like tracking the books I’ve read, automatically clipping and saving text I’ve highlighted in Kindle, and monitoring my ever growing list of digital subscriptions.
But I understand that Notion is not for everyone. If you’re not sure if Notion is the right tool for you, you might want to explore some of the YouTube videos that go over some of Notion’s core functionality.
Notion is excellent if you find your existing tool stack limited and fragmented, and are seeking more control over how you visualize your story and day to day execution.
Think of Notion as a giant box of Lego pieces where you get to decide how you want it to look and function, vs a pre-made Lego “kit.”
If you want something that just “works” out of the box without any effort, Notion may not be the best tool for you! That said, Fiction OS is intended to give you a massive head start.
No. Just login with your browser, start typing, and you’ll be working on your projects, instantly!
That said, you do have the option of downloading a desktop app and a mobile app for an on-the-go experience.
Yes! If you have questions specifically about Fiction OS, you may:
📲 Text me anytime.
My mobile number is on every single page of Fiction OS. I respond quickly, but only during business hours.
📧 Send me an email.
My email is on every single page of Fiction OS in case your question requires a more in-depth response.
💻 Schedule up to a 1-hour video chat with me.
My calendar is available on every single page of Fiction OS in case you would like speak with me 1-on-1. (The first hour is free.)
In addition to the above, Notion provides a robust support guide that will get you oriented with the software side of things.
Please read Notion’s terms and policy pages as I can not offer any legal advice.
That said, from what I’ve personally read of Notion’s terms and policies, I’m 100% comfortable writing all my books in Notion. Same goes for the hundreds of authors who are using Notion right now to write their books.
But definitely read the policy for yourself and make up your own mind.
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