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September 14, 2013

Writer beware: resources, part 2

Filed under: General — Vadasmaker @ 9:40 pm
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If you’re anything like me, you should probably stop reading now. I am a sucker for software. Just about any software, but writing software in particular. I always think program X is going to make me a better writer, make writing easier, streamline my process, reduce the agony of putting that shitty first draft on paper–or, rather, the screen–and cure cancer. As my little brother–the one who talks to me–likes to say, that’s a bunch of happy horse-shit.”

Writing software has never done anything for me but waste what little time I have to write. Don’t misunderstand me. I would never write another word without a computer to do it on. I’m just that lazy. But all I need is Microsoft Word. Yeah, I know. “Mac Mac Mac.” Screw that. Use what you’re used. If it’s a Mac, yea, you. If it’s a PC, yea, you, too. I mean, whatever. As long as you write it doesn’t matter.

Which is sort of my point. I’ve used some of the programs below, and a couple are awesome. Scrivener, for instance. But I don’t have enough years left to me to figure out how to use it. All I’ve done since I got it is waste time trying to figure it out.

Don’t let that stop you. If you’re the kind of person who uses software and doesn’t let it use you, have at it.

Software

  • Scrivener  (Windows and Mac): powerful content-generation tool for writers that helps you compose and organize long documents.  Name generator, outliner, corkboard. Can be used for any writing, but is designed for novels and scripts. Free to try; $40 to buy. www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php. Voted by PC Pro as one of the top 100 best products for 2012
  • Write It Now: Write, organize, and store complete novels or nonfiction works; thesaurus, spell-checker,  character and name generator ($69.95 on Amazon)
  • Writer’s Dream Kit: step-by-step fiction writing system designed for the aspiring writer;  build characters, plot story, layer in themes with universal meaning, and put it all together into scenes to form a solid step outline. Supposedly predicts parts of your story based on creative decisions you’ve made ($59.95 on Amazon)
  • Power Writer: word processing software console integrated with formatting, outlining and story development tools designed specifically for fiction writers ($99.95)
  • Writer’s Café: https://www.plimus.com/jsp/buynow.jsp?contractId=1943746&referrer=ropelato ($40.00)
  • Story Weavers:  developed by the co-creator of the creative writing software Dramatica Pro; similar in style and function to Writer’s DreamKit; centers on inspiration and idea development. ($29.95 on Amazon)
  • Master Storyteller: explores both the art of storytelling and the craft of story structuring. http://storymind.com/master_storyteller.htm  ($29.95)
  • Write Craft:  http://www.writerspage.com/order.htm ($25.00)
  • Classic Story Craft Pro: http://www.writerspage.com/order.htm ($49.00)
  • Story Craft Luxury Edition: http://www.writerspage.com/order.htm ($79.00)
  • Story Craft Ultimate: http://www.writerspage.com/order.htm ($139.00)
  • Final Draft Screenwriting: http://www.writerspage.com/order.htm ($179.00)

Comparisons of writing software http://writing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

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1 Comment »

  1. These all look interesting…the only one I have invested in is Final Draft for the screenplay I have been writing for 14 years!!!
    Lily

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    Comment by Lily — September 16, 2013 @ 7:09 pm | Reply


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