Creative Writing Software:
Is It Worth It?
One of the great pleasures of
creative writing is the total flexibility that the writer has to create whatever they
want, which often means writing what they want to read themselves. From nothing
anything is possible and all the elements - setting, characters, dialogue,
action - have to be created to form a story. The writer has the opportunity to
play God in a world limited only by their imagination and ability to relay that
imagination into words.
However, there is a flip side to all that freedom and as any writer knows one of
the biggest challenges in writing fiction is the ability to bring together all
the necessary elements in a way that the story created is appealing, engaging
and of course, logical to the reader. What may seem straightforward to the
writer is sometimes a maze to a would be reader. And that is frustrating. It
isn't just disappointment at being misunderstood but it is also the wasted time
sculpting a story that ultimately doesn't work.
Up until now the main way that writers have honed their story writing skills is
through practice, writing classes and getting feedback through writing groups or
But now there is another alternative that short circuits some of the frustration
involved: creative writing software. Before you dismiss the idea as somehow
cheating, let me tell you that writing software won't write the story for you
and you won't lose any of your ability to sculpt your own story. Instead your
story is guided along the path to logic through a variety of writing prompts.
The first writing prompts on launching the creative writing software help to set
the framework for your story or novel: you need to decide on the title, concept,
category and type. At each step is advice on what sort of information you should
be putting into the different sections. For example, the story concept needs to
be a one sentence summary and it is suggested that you begin with a character,
find the conflict and then the resolution. The writing prompts throughout are
well thought out and to the point. The last two categories require you only to
click on the different alternatives.
Once you've completed your initial setup you then arrive at a writing screen.
Down the left hand side you'll find the chapters with writing prompts suggesting
the structural arc of each chapter. On the right is your toolbox that contains
information on your characters, places, objects and research material. The
writing software is one way to make sure that you are organized with your
supporting material and don't spend an hour looking through your scattered notes
when it comes time to introducing a character that you've forgotten the
So not only does creative writing software help you to structure your work in a
cohesive way with a succession of writing prompts but it also means you'll be
way more organized with your work. The major benefit of this is that it means
more time for writing and less time for procrastinating!
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