Dabble has gone mobile
This post originally appeared on Medium.com.
Mobile support has finally come for Dabble so you can write your novel anywhere (even though you can’t actually go anywhere right now—stay home, stay safe!).
Here are some more details about Dabble’s mobile support.
Store-less, no App
Dabble is being released using a new simplified delivery method. There is no app. 😱
Rather than going through Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store, Dabble will be delivered directly through the browser as a regular website, and will provide advanced support to be installed on your phone’s home screen like a native app. This is what they call a Progressive Web App (PWA). You learned something new today!
For example, on iPhone after navigating to Dabble’s app you will click the share button at the bottom, choose Add to Home Screen, then use Dabble like you would a native app. Android has a button in the URL bar to do the same.
This process makes the download much smaller, our updates to you much quicker, and the whole experience much easier.
Progressive Web Apps work offline and sync with the server whenever they are online like Dabble already does on desktop.
Every screen in Dabble has been redesigned to work well on mobile-sized screens and touch devices while still retaining the same layout as desktop so you don’t have another app to learn.
Every feature you know and love on the desktop is available on mobile. Now you never need to stop writing!
We also added a ton of new desktop features too.
Disclaimer: do not write while driving. Or sky diving. Or at the movie theater—when we can go back to the movies.
The Chosen One. It’s a trope that many people love to hate despite its pervasiveness across popular culture. If you’re unfamiliar with the Chosen One, it’s a popular trope or narrative device used across books, TV shows, and movies where a character is destined to fulfill a certain role or mission, often because they have unique abilities or traits. These traits are frequently tied to magic, meaning you’ll see this trope a lot in fantasy and other types of speculative fiction, especially those with a young adult audience.
So how do you write well then? Realistically, there are a few things universally considered “good” writing. The story should follow a logical plot where one action feeds into another. The characters should behave in ways that align with their established personalities. There should be some high points and low points and stuff in between. Generally, good writing is also well edited and follows most of the conventions for grammar and punctuation. While you can write well with typos and mistakes, you run the risk of distracting the reader to a point where that good story becomes not so good because it’s unreadable. Ultimately, the success of things like your voice and your characters are going to be up to your reader and you’ll never please everyone. But we can take some steps to ensure we please more people than not.
That’s great—our fiction should reflect the world as it is and that means including people of various ethnic backgrounds and skin tones. But the history of writing about people of color is kind of… awful and it’s important to remember that you can’t just throw in a BIPOC character without giving some serious thought to how you represent and describe that character.