The default image used for all universes on Notebook.ai, but you can replace it with your own uploads.

Creating Universes on Notebook.ai

Track multiple stories at once by organizing your ideas into just the universe they belong in.

Creating universes on Notebook.ai is easy.

To get started, just click Universes under the "Worldbuilding" header in the site sidebar. You'll be able to see or edit all of your existing universe pages and create new ones at any time.

searchable Search your universes

If you've got a lot of universes, you can quickly get around to the right one with Notebook.ai's full-text search. It searches your entire notebook for anything you wrote about that universe.

You can also filter your universes by tag or whether you've favorited that page.

lock Private by default

Your ideas are valuable. Every universe you create in Notebook.ai is owned by you, completely private by default, and only accessible to you.

But of course, you also have full control over that privacy and can share any universe page you want, however you want, whenever you want.

star Free page

Free users can create up to five universes on Notebook.ai.

Notebook.ai's free tier was designed to be more than enough for most people, with Premium pages serving as a way for more advanced worldbuilders to flesh out their world in more detail.

Get a head start with a rich universe template

Templates on Notebook.ai are what help our unique worldbuilding system better understand your world.

You can fill out as little or as much as you'd like on every new universe. You'll see progress indicators every time you edit it to show where you can make progress on, and our system will intelligently generate questions for you around the site that will automatically save your answers to the proper place on your universe page.

Templates are also fully customizable across every universe in your notebook.

You can browse the default template for universes here; click any category to see its questions.

  • info Overview

    Name

    What is this universe's name?


    Description

    How would you describe this universe?


    Genre

    What genre best describes this universe?


    Tags

    This field lets you add clickable tags to your universes.


  • date_range History

    Origin

    How did this universe originate?


    History

    What is this universe’s history?


  • gavel Systems

    Laws of Physics

    What are the laws of physics like in this universe?


    Magic System

    What is the magic system like in this universe?


    Technology

    What is the level of technology like in this universe?


  • edit Notes

    Inspiration

    What were your major sources of inspiration for this universe?


    Notes

    Write as little or as much as you want!


    Private Notes

    Write as little or as much as you want!


  • photo_library Gallery

    This category lets you upload images to this universe's notebook page.


    It's great if you have sketches or artwork for your universe, but also works well for collecting visual inspiration, too!

photo_library Upload images to your universe

Universes and other worldbuilding pages all come with a dedicated area to upload and showcase your own uploaded images.

All users start out with 50MB of image storage space available for their notebook (usually around 250-500 images), but Premium users receive an extra 10GB (10,000MB) of storage space for plenty of wiggle room when decking your universe out with all kinds of images.

The images you upload replace any default images the site uses, which makes your notebook truly feel yours when you see all of your fancy universes!

vpn_lock Focus on universes from a single universe

Building entire fictional worlds is hard, and it gets even harder when you've got ideas spanning multiple universes or worlds.

Focusing on a single universe at a time is a good example of how Notebook.ai tries to stay out of your way as a worldbuilding tool, while also presenting your ideas front-and-center for you to work on without distractions.

After you've created a couple universes, you can select any one at any time to filter your entire notebook to just universes and other pages that exist within that universe, letting you focus on just what's important right then.

group_add Invite others to collaborate

Notebook.ai lets you add an unlimited number of collaborators to your universes. Each one has full access to work alongside you on your universes and other pages within that universe.

If you have a Premium subscription active, your collaborators can also share all of your Premium perks while working in your universe, too!

brightness_4 Work in light or dark mode

Protect your eyes at night by choosing between light and dark themes at the click of a button, available across the entire website.

An example of a writing prompt generated for user's fictional race

language Build your universe piece by piece with personalized writing prompts

Once you've started creating a universe or two, you'll start noticing our worldbuilding tool asking you personalized questions about those universes around the site.

Whenever you write an answer to any of these prompts, they'll automatically be saved to the relevant field on your universe notebook page and you won't be asked the same question again.



Our users have created
257,394
universes on Notebook.ai!


of which,
1,788
were created in the past 30 days!

favorite We're here to stay. :)

Notebook.ai has been around since 2016 and we're still growing. We're dedicated to making the best writing tool for authors out there — so we'll be around (and improving) for a very long time.

description Smoothly transition from worldbuilding into plotting and writing

Every account on Notebook.ai comes with unlimited document storage for you to bring your fictional worlds to life.

There are a variety of writing tools for you to use, building on top of the foundation you lay from a world of universes and other notebook pages. Each one offers new ways to enrich your world and write better stories within them.

Some ways you can use the writing tools in Notebook.ai with your worlds are listed here:

  • timeline Start working on a timeline and add your universes to the individual scenes that are relevant to them.
  • description Create unlimited documents and link your universes to them.
  • description Quickly pull up and reference any aspect of your linked universes from the Notebook.ai editor without ever leaving your document.
  • layers Group your notebook pages together in new ways by adding them to Collections.
  • ballot Share your universes to your followers or the world to get comments and feedback.
  • language See in a single place all the timelines, documents, and collections your universe is linked to.