Do you remember when Apple introduced the iPhone to the world? That was in early 2007. Pretty much everyone associated with technology expected Apple to make an iPhone and the company didn’t disappoint. The only problem was that tech giant Cisco already had an iPhone and a trademark on the name.
Undeterred, Apple soldiered on with the iPhone monicker, got sued by Cisco (who inadvertently let their iPhone lapse unprotected), then cut a deal and the iPhone name was safe. Here we are in 2014 and Apple has a new feature coming in OS X and iOS. It’s called Continuity, and it’s great way to start on an email on your iPhone and have it handed off and ready to finish up on your Mac.
Interestingly, there’s a tabs-based Mac app called Continuity and it’s for writers– a tool that lets writers enter story details in manuscript, characters, locations, plot lines, outfits, and notes. Think of it as a fill-in-the-blanks way to organize your novel or story.
Continuity isn’t a word processor, but more of a storyline and character organizer that works in concert with whatever Mac app you use to write.
It’s a good way to track story details, keep track of each character, as well as a reflective instruction tool which helps writers and editors analyze structure, pacing, grammar, setting, dialogue, point of view, conflict, and more– including details on the story timeline as well as protagonists and antagonists.
I tend to think of Continuity as a detailed organization and structure tool; a framework which both describes the story and timeline, yet can also be the outline from which the story is written. It comes with checklists, tabbed sections, style elements, and all the basics for story creation and management.
Reports are easily shared by exporting to a PDF file or rich text. I can see Continuity in schools which teach creative writing, but it might be just the framework and structure you need for your next great American novel.