It’s a new year, and everyone needs a new toy to go along with it. The toy that I have decided to play with is called Bibisco and is available from this web site. Bibisco is an open source project for authors and is specifically geared toward the novel writer. It is free to download, and free to use.
I love LibreOffice, and would recommend it to anyone without reservation. It is my go to word processor. And while it is more than capable of handling the writing on an entire novel, if you use it for your main writing tool, you will be responsible for all the management and organization of the project. This is the problem that Bibisco attempts to solve.
Once you start Bibisco, you will be able to create a project. That project is your novel. But this is where Bibisco really starts to shine. There are tabs at the top of the project workspace that cover characters, locations, chapters, etc. As near as I can tell, there is a place for everything, and everything is available within a few mouse clicks. No more hunting for character sheets or locations of descriptions. For the first time, it was easy for me to organize all the parts that make up my writing project.
Under each tab there is more than just a blank word processor document waiting to be filled. For example, under the character tab, you can add as many main characters and secondary characters as you need. Each will be organized in an easy to find location with all their information. And even the information is easy to enter. Bibisco has the option of either entering the information through an interview process – where you fill in the answers to some of the most common questions – or free writing. It also has easy, user changeable, visual clues as to whether you have completed a given task or not.
The level of organization available with Bibisco is amazing. I can’t wait to see if it helps keep me organized and moving with my writing.