For Writers From A Writer

Have fallen in love with some new writing resources of late. Three software packages that you may or may not know about.

I’ve used all three for various projects and, although I do have a favorite, it’s probably wiser not to tell.  Click on the links to find out more about them.

  • Final Draft is aimed squarely at the screenwriters among us.  It is good, though expensive (to me).  It’s Mac OS and Windows compatible. It really allows me to see a story even as I’m writing it.  The learning curve is not as steep as with the other packages and it is absolutely forgiving to the struggling writer.
  • Some writers swear by Dramatica Story Expert.  I found it confusing at first, but the more I played with it, the more the logic of the program jumped out at me. It’s time-consuming with a steep learning curve. However, if you need help telling a story, or are confused about developments or plot or character arcs, Dramatica is for you.
  • Contour was the hands down winner for ease of use and affordability. I was writing in no time with this program. It has a simple and straightforward interface. It guides you thru 4 basic questions, then you’re off to the races.

The links take you to the product pages where, of course, you’ll see the sales pitch. I am not affiliated with any of these vendors, nor do I receive anything from telling you about them. I’m just passing along what works for me. There are further reviews on the internet, so just Google whichever interests you.

Happy writing!

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