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Software which helps with the plotting

How the packages work

None of the software will actually write a word for you. What they do is provide a framework and prompts to suit the genre and style you have set.

The software is only a tool. In the hands of a craftsman, it improves quality and productivity. Even a novice will benefit from the power provided by the software. The tool does not replace the skill or imagination of the user, but it does enhance it.

The packages are not listed in any order of cost or preference. Reviews will be added as they are received.

· Our first review is of the package called newnovelist. 'after describing the characters, the places and setting you have a wonderfully clear and detailed outline' is what our reviewer said.

· Writers Blocks comes in a scientific and creative version. See our review.


This offers a free download and 30-day trial. Tool for managing data, so might suit non-fiction projects which involve compiling history, or scientific works.

· Ideas Tracker with a demo download available. The title accurately describes what it sets out to do, organise data and ideas

· Power Structure helps to arrange the elements of a story

· StoryCraft 4.3 uses The Jarvis Method, one of the standard fiction models, to help you construct your story. Good online preview so you can see if it suits you.

· BookWriter combines the function of word processor and project manager in one package.

· Z-write for the MAC platform combines word processing with prompting the creative process. Free trial to download

· WriteItNow keeps the work on course and there is a demo to download

Specialist tools (and see freebies below)

· The writer, which is about the business of writing, has a set of courses and some demonstrations

· StyleWriter checks word-processed documents against 35,000+ language problems and offers ways of clarifying the style.

· Stuck for a name? or

· StoryBase examines every known plot

· For those compiling dictionaries

· Style software ideal for larger organisations where a corporate style is required but has applications in smaller projects.

· If you are looking for a word to rhyme

Index Creation Software

This shows how CEDEX, SkyIndex and Macrex can help you put your index together.

Last updated: 
30 Apr 2012 - 1:41pm

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