If you like the sound of Dramatica but want something a lot simpler, there’s a seriously scaled-down version called Story Weaver ($30). You’ll ultimately write a better novel by using the software in your head – your brain.
Worth checking out, although it doesn’t look like it’s been updated in several years. And task, whether you plan to self-publish or go down the traditional route. Simply because it is tailor-made for novelists (and therefore includes functions such as a dialogue tag checker).
You want to give your inner-artist the peace of mind to be able to just tell the story.
Having your inner-assistant fussing around in the background trying to locate the relevant character or research notes can totally kill your inspiration. When you want to put your hand on some character notes, you know exactly where to find them.
I’ve spent most of my adult life studying storytelling theory, and the information on this site is the boiled-down version of everything I’ve ever learned.
Simply put, I’ve saved you the bother of reading hundreds of novel writing guides (including all the out of print ones) by doing all the hard work for you. And if using the software appeals to you, I’m certainly not going to talk you out of it.
Many come with a free trial, so you can try before you buy.) The next variety of software ramps things up a notch by assisting you with creating the characters and writing the plot.
More advanced story development software also helps with developing the theme and the “story world” – the setting, in other words. You type a few notes into a box, click a few buttons and – hey presto!
If you want something a bit more 21st century, here are some programs to consider.
(I’ve listed the current prices, which obviously may change.