Sunday, 14 February 2010

Creative Writing Software.

Creative writing software should be really be viewed as a organiser to your own writing and not a one-size-fits-all... fill-in-the-blanks exercise. A program that allows you to keep track of your characters, settings, plot points, etc. may be a good idea. But, then again; why not just use good old MS Notepad and index the information in the order you want to use it?

The main key to writing a novel is to sit down and write.

Book writing software does not make an "untalented writer talented," but it can be a better tool than Microsoft Word. At best; it will organise things logically.

I have included a few useful tools in previous posts. Check them out. (A cunning ploy to get you to read more of the blog!)

Here are a few of the more popular Software applications. (In no particular order of cost or popularity.)

Dramatica Pro.
Writer's Cafe.
Book Writer.
Final Draft.
Liquid Story Binder.
Rough Draft.

It's all down to personal choice; you may prefer a structured software to the "Make it up as you go along" method, but remember; not one of these programs is the "Magic Bullet."
If you have enthusiasm and really enjoy what you are creating... go for it! Your enthusiasm will shine through to the person who reads it... and you can always polish your creation after you have written the final word.

The length of an average novel is something like 320 pages. If you create one double-spaced page of your novel every single day, you will have 365 pages... an entire book... at the end of one year.
But remember:  if you have a really creative session and turn out seven pages at one sitting, it doesn't mean that you can abandon the book for the next week. You really should write something... hopefully, a page every day.... even if you bin it at the next session.

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