Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." --Arthur C. Clarke

Here are some links to the scads of writing software available--who knew there were so many companies offering "quick" and "easy" ways to write your novels?

Have you tried any of these? What kind of writing software appeals to you? Or would you rather just be left alone with a blank screen or paper & pen to find your own way to tell your stories?

Note--the quotes below each are the designers' claims about their products, not mine!

"Character Writer is a cross-platform software package that offers both character-generating and story-generating tools in one easy-to-use interface. Instantly generate character profiles and descriptions. Get instant help writing your screenplay, movie script, play or novel."

"Have a great idea for a movie? Then get it out of your head and onto the page! Just answer these 4 questions: Who is the main character? What is the main character trying to accomplish? Who is trying to stop the main character? What happens if the main character fails? "

Dramatica Pro
"Dramatica Pro asks you all the questions about your story that you should ask but probably forget to ask. Dramatica Pro works with you to develop stronger, richer characters that leap off the page while weaving your themes into your plot seamlessly. Plus, it helps you identify and eliminate unwanted story choices before they become problems."

"FinalDraft is the number-one selling scriptwriting software in the world."

Master Storyteller
"Master Storyteller explores both the Art of Storytelling and the Craft of Story Structuring."

New Novelist
"NewNovelist novel writing software breaks down the process of writing a novel into manageable chunks."

Power Structure
"It will give you a Playground of the Mind™ : innovative, graphic methods of looking at your story, its conflicts, character development and more so that you can easily spot weak areas and strengthen them."

Power Writer
"It erases the line between story development and story writing by fully integrating the outlining and development tools directly into the word processor."

"Full screen. Focus on your work... A single self-contained executable file. That’s all. Easy to use with a pendrive, so you can carry your writing environment with you everywhere."

"Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft."

"Storybase 2.0 provides direct access to an amazing clipboard of narrative writing prompts that can be personalized with your characters. A sure cure for writer's block, Storybase 2.0 can help your writing project come alive."

"StoryWeaver is a step by step approach to story development that takes you from concept to completion of your novel or screenplay."

"StyleWriter mimics an expert editor checking, cutting and rearranging your words to produce a clear and readable style."

The Writer's Software Companion
"Imagine a tireless writing coach standing by your side, a coach with all the writing and teaching credentials you could ask for."

"You're serious about writing a novel. Now, get the tools you need to take your story ideas from initial concept and characters through completed manuscript."

Writer's Blocks
"With Writer’s Blocks, you enter ideas, notes, or any type of information into movable blocks of text ... Zooming out gives you a visual overview of what you have written. The blocks can be easily dragged and dropped around into a coherent structure."

"For Mac iPhone, iPod, & iPad users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing." (The PC version is called DarkRoom, available here:

"The heart of Writer's Café is StoryLines, a powerful but simple to use story development tool that dramatically accelerates the creation and structuring of your novel or screenplay."

Writer's Dreamkit
"The Writer's DreamKit StoryGuide handholds you from initial idea all the way through to completed narrative treatment, inspiring you and supporting you along the way."


Genene Valleau said...

Wow, Barb! You weren't kidding when you said "scads" of writing software. I haven't used any of these, but have heard of some of them, including DramaticaPro. Listened to part of its tutorial, but it seemed pretty dry and looked like a lot of information that would take quite some time to learn.

I think some of those reminders to dig deeper into situations or motivation or whatever would be good to have at the editing phase.

However, given all the things I have to do right now, I think I'd better stick with a software I can at least get words down on the screen. :)

Appreciate the overview--this list will be a good one to come back and explore later.

Sarah Raplee said...

Interesting. Who knew?