Plottr Alternatives for Writers in 2023

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5 Plottr Alternatives for Planning Your Books and Series

Plottr Alternative #1

Plan with Index Cards

Who doesn't enjoy index cards? They're compact, they're affordable, they look good when pinned to a corkboard. We love them for staying organized... until you lose that one about the villain. Or the ink fades. Or they rip. Also, papercuts. Listen, you know we're right.
Plottr Alternative #1: Index Cards
"Goodbye index cards and corkboard! I haven't touched it in months because the Plottr interface makes the process so much easier."
Bill Cokas
"Such a time saver! I used to write scenes on 5x7 index cards and take over the dining room table for plotting. Now I can see the whole...plot on my screen."
Joni M. Fisher
Plottr Alternative #2: Spreadsheets
Plottr Alternative #2

Work with Spreadsheets

Excel and Google Sheets are great for organizing data, and are highly customizable. Some math-oriented writers love it. But the idea of organizing creativity with functions and pivot tables isn't exactly, well... sorry, we're actively panicking. Be right back.
"What I like most about Plottr is that it takes the overwhelm out of writing! I no longer have to search through notes, spreadsheets, note cards, and a book bible - Plottr puts everything in one place."
KJ Warawa
"I used to use Excel and index cards. Excel can be tedious and cards can go missing. No more. Everything is conveniently at my fingertips and I know I can access the information whenever I need it."
Terry P.
Plottr Alternative #3

Organize with Notebooks

Physical notebooks can be a great, affordable option for many writers to plan their books – especially if they're designed for authors. But they come with many of the pitfalls of index cards, and finding specific information can be a major challenge.
Plottr Alternative #3: Notebooks
"Before Plottr, I had notebooks and scattered pieces of paper, which led to scattered ideas. Plottr keeps me organized and more productive."
Charlene Amsden
"The series feature has been invaluable in tracking characters as well as plot points. It has allowed me to create series bibles without [using] Excel or a notebook."
Lark Brennan
Plottr Alternative #4: Whiteboard
Plottr Alternative #4

Install a Whiteboard

Drawing out your story in shapes works really well for some authors (see: Kurt Vonnegut). The open canvas can be freeing and inspiring – at least, until you run out of space. Then, you can choose to erase your work or buy more whiteboards. Fun!
"Plottr is helping me write faster first drafts... This software mimics the big white board for me and organizes my thoughts in a way that I don't look like a delusional conspiracy theorist."
Robin Claire Barnes
"Plottr is a straightforward, easy to use piece of software that... makes plotting a novel enjoyable and saves the confusion of countless scraps of paper and sticky notes."
Dionne Haynes
Plottr Alternative #5

Sticky Note Everything

And then there's the nuclear option: sticky notes. Yes, they make it easy to jot down and color coordinate all of your ideas (and attach them to surfaces!) but we can't actually recommend this. One question, for example: What happens when they stop sticking?
Plottr Alternative #5: Sticky Notes

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$ 139
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  • Save Files to Cloud Storage Services (e.g. Dropbox)
  • Local Backups

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$ 149
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  • Access on Desktop or Mobile
  • Work Offline
  • Save Files on Device
  • Save Files to Cloud Storage Services (e.g. Dropbox)
  • Local Backups


$ 299
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  • Access on Desktop, Mobile, and Web (All Devices)
  • Work Online
  • Save Files to Plottr Cloud
  • Auto-Syncing Across Devices
  • Real Time Collaboration
  • Online + Local Backups
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Plottr is a visual outlining, story bible, and worldbuilding software built for published and aspiring writers of all kinds – novelists, screenwriters,  playwrights, academics, journalists, writing students, and beyond. Whether you’re an outlining pro or your journey is just beginning, Plottr can help you visually (and creatively) build a plan to finish writing your book!

Plottr is available as an downloadable software for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android – phones and tablets – that can be used either offline or online, and even as a standalone web app.

You can sync files across devices automatically using Plottr Pro or manually via a 3rd-party storage service (e.g. Dropbox) with Plottr Classic.

That's what folks tell us! Plottr is enjoyed daily by everyone from precocious high school students to professional published authors, hobbyists, and writers in virtually every category in between. We have a library of documentation, video tutorials, and demos to help you get started. 

We provide support via email Monday through Friday (10am to 6pm ET), along with a full suite of educational resources, including live training, video tutorials, written documentation, and demos.

You can also view (and contribute to) our roadmap and find important announcements both within the app and on the website!

If your license expires, you will still have access to the version of Plottr and files you had at the time of expiration. However, you will not be able to download updates and bug fixes afterwards without renewing your license. 

Some Plottr alternatives include: index cards, spreadsheets, notebooks, whiteboards, and sticky notes.

You can find Plottr reviews here, as well as on independent software review sites like Capterra.