In July 2019, my first ever indie hacker Saas was born. I had just comitted the first code ever to the Git repository for my idea “Draftical” - although back then it was still called “Storymaker”, a prototype name, until I came up with something better.
What was Draftical? It was a Saas business for authors, helping them draft their stories. You would structure your story via scenes, which you could then move around the way you thought the story should chronically go. You could also add characters, locations and items to every scene. That way you would’ve been able to filter scenes depending on that data.
It was a great idea. I was its first user, as I wanted to create it to have a tool like that myself. There were - of course - competitors on the market already, but I just wasn’t up for paying for a tool I could build myself (the “Software developer dilemma”). I had more potential users in my friends who were authors themselves. The start was pretty solid right?
But the product never launched. The website, that is still up, says “We are in Beta right now. Version 1 will be released in early 2022”. I already updated this, two times obviously. First it said early 2020. But the date got pushed and pushed again and it just never released. In January 2022 I decided to officially abandon the project.