The Editor

Novelitist uses a full-featured rich text editor, which allows authoring of material ranging from bare text to rich media content. This is so because we aim to serve writers who publish on different media, including the web.

This editor was developed by writers, with writers, and for writers*. Beyond the obvious and well-known rich content controls (bold, italic, underline, image, table, etc.), the Novelitist editor offers some benefits that will be important to many writers.

As is customary with Novelitist, keeping things simple or going full throttle is a matter of your choice, not an app limitation.

The editor zoom

You can zoom the editor content proportionally without actually altering the font size. If you like to work on big, clearly visible text, you'll find this quite a boon. You can also zoom out to the limit of legibility, just to get a bird's eye view of the overall layout. This setting is saved on a per-book basis.

The editor width

Make the editor narrower or wider, according to your preference. In combination with the editor zoom, this allows you to hit that perfect character count per line, which seems to be anywhere between 45-75 characters. Setting the text zoom and width to your liking ensures the optimal writing experience, tailored specifically to you - by you. This setting is saved on a per-book basis.

Paragraph style

This is another of those seemingly innocuous things that can actually get quite annoying for some people. For practical purposes, there are two main defaults to align a paragraph text: left-aligned or justified.

The difference is that the left-alignment distributes the white space between words equally, which results in a variable tail of white space at the end of each line, while justified text has no white space at the end of each line, but instead distributes all that white space between the words in that line, in an inevitably unequal fashion, which moves the irregularity of the right margin into the body of text.

Traditionally, physical book text is justified (something that has been transferred to e-books, too), due to the possibilities of physical typography, while screen text is left-aligned (like this very document you are reading in a browser of your screen).

In addition, traditional book paragraphs are not separated by any empty space, while the screen paragraphs are. Another difference: (e-)book style paragraphs have an indented first line, whereas web paragraphs don't.

 Of course, there are no hard and fast rules, so you can do what you like while you write your book. You get to select which paragraph style you work with while writing, to closely reproduce the final look of the published work. 

 This setting is saved on a per-book basis.

NOTE: The published book does not take this setting into account. If you publish as e-book, it will have book-style paragraph (justified, no vertical spacing), if you publish as HTML, you'll get web paragraphs (left-aligned, vertically spaced). E-readers will override this anyway according to user preference.

Read-only mode

This is a simple switch that serves the double role of 1) preventing you to edit your work by mistake while browsing it, and 2) instant preview of the work, as it gets all the editor elements out of the way. Also saved on a per-book basis.

 

Let's see all of these features in action, using this very user guide as an example.

 

It's worth noting that these editor features are all available in Distraction-free Mode as well.


* No writers were hurt in the process. That's a lie. Some where. They recovered and now know better.