Story Development Software: Good or Evil?

Written by David B. Silva

Inrepparttar early days ofrepparttar 143327 personal computer, we're talkingrepparttar 143328 mid-'80s here, there was speculation that someday books would all be writen by computers. It sounded a little too science-fictiony for most writers. After all, words on a page---no matter how well they appear to work together---are meaningless withoutrepparttar 143329 insights and experiences ofrepparttar 143330 writer behind them.

At this point in time, I'm happy to report, computers are not writing all our books for us.

However, writing software has progressed far beyondrepparttar 143331 basic word processing abilities of Word and Word Perfect.

Today, we have a wide variety of story development software. Most can be used to write novels or screenplays, even television scripts or stage plays. Programs such as Truby's Blockbuster or Dramatica Pro teach their own unique approach to story development. Other programs, such as Power Structure, StoryBase, and StoryWeaver provide prompts for help with character, structure, and theme.

They do not writerepparttar 143332 story for us.

But they are coming closer.

Dramatica Pro, for instance, uses what it refers to as a story engine, that reveals relationships of deep structure independent of subject and content. It takes you byrepparttar 143333 hand and shows you what character, plot and theme issues you need to address. And finally, it weaves all your plot points together for maximum Dramatica Pro impact.

Truby's Blockbuster helps you findrepparttar 143334 best story form for your genre work, helps you developrepparttar 143335 7 keys that providerepparttar 143336 nucleus for your story, and then lays outrepparttar 143337 22 steps of story development to carry your plot from start to finish.

I've used most of these programs at one time or another. While I believe Dramatica Pro has great potential and a unique take on story development, it also has a steep learning curve. Personally, I turn to writing software to save time. If it drains my time to learn how to use it properly, then it defeats its purpose.

Joshian Quotations

Written by Dr Kedar Joshi

The Indian way is to think of Man to be a divine being, and as Man is obviously not a divine being, to take it as an utter contrast and rather treat him as a useless insect.

The principle of conservation of energy suggests that xís freedom is yís slavery.

Man is more social within than without.

Attitude is not everything. But without it everything is nothing.

Nothing is absolutely ignorant or absolutely wise.

Life is a waste of time.

Fear isrepparttar worst form of violence.

Anger isrepparttar 143178 most childish expression.

The existence ofrepparttar 143179 universe is without any reason.

The root of everything is plurality.

Every creation is necessarily flawed.

Life could be practically worth but is philosophically pointless.

Itís my conjecture thatrepparttar 143180 world is made up of three elements stated inrepparttar 143181 descending order of certainty and ascending order of necessity : Consciousness, Truth, and Irrationality.

Strong plays; Weak fights.

Fighting is a virtue of weak and a vice of strong.

It is not just human but rather a divine rule that being political isrepparttar 143182 best policy.

The greatest art is thatrepparttar 143183 world is fundamentally an art with no artist.

The essence ofrepparttar 143184 greatest form of life is not love, grief, solitude, or adventure. Its essence is that itís an unending puzzle.

The concept of God is a byproduct of Manís deepest fear and ignorance withrepparttar 143185 universe.

A true Englishman can do anything but philosophy.

French are arguablyrepparttar 143186 most abstract species on earth.

The universe is fundamentally of three kinds : interpretable, interpreter, uninterpretable. The first kind is static,repparttar 143187 second one is dynamic, andrepparttar 143188 third one is profoundest as well as absurd.

A worse news for a philosopher could be thatrepparttar 143189 universe is fundamentally absurd. Andrepparttar 143190 worst news is thatrepparttar 143191 worse news is probably true.

In Europe it seems to be an etiquette to be white.

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