Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dramatica Writer's DreamKit - What is It?

This is a review of Dramatica Writer's DreamKit, which is a story building software for writers. I've used this software to help write three books, starting with my first, back in the mid 1990s. Advertised as a step-by-step fiction writing system, Dramatica is built on a theory of story that guides you to assemble your story to include the character relationships and motivations necessary for success. Currently, you can buy the software for around $60   More expensive versions with more features are available, but can cost close to $200.  I used the least expensive, basic version and found it was plenty deep and complex enough for my taste.

So what does Dramatica Writer's DreamKit do? After you install the software on your computer, you start the Dramatica process, answering questions as you 'build' your story through the Story Guide function.  The first questions ask you to describe your story--what happens in the beginning, middle, and end.  It then prompts you to outline the main story events.  After that, the software helps you create your characters and set up their relationships; protagonist vs. antagonist, sidekick vs. skeptic, and so on.

The software then begins collecting more specific information.  What kinds of questions does Dramatica ask?  Here's an example:  Does the Main Character change her way of dealing with the problem at the heart of the story, or does she remain steadfast in her resolve?  Based on your answer to this question, the following questions build and guide based on your input.  Is she a do-er or a be-er?  Does he solve problems logically or intuitively? Roughly a dozen questions like this help you flesh out the mindset of your characters and give you a framework of how they should respond to virtually any situation you write them into.  Obviously, you can go back and change things as you go, and the software prints out summary reports at various milestone points.

After forming the story based on your characters, the Story Guide moves on to the next module, which illustrates how these character decisions come to life in your story. After completing the Illustrating module, you move to the third and final part, called Storyweaving.  In this exercise, you began to build scenes and 'weave' your story together.  At the end of the process, Dramatica produces reports and outlines detailing all the important information your story should contain.

You can easily spend hours with the software, especially the first story you build using it, as you learn about its functions, concepts, and terminology.  There's a lot more to Dramatica than I can cover here, but hopefully this gives you an idea of what it is and whether or not it might be 'your cup of tea.' If you're interested, I'd suggest reading more here.  I find it a useful tool, and intend to keep using it.


January 2013 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title January 2013, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Dramatica Writer's DreamKit - What is It?
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January 2013

This is a review of Dramatica Writer's DreamKit, which is a story building software for writers. I've used this software to help write three books, starting with my first, back in the mid 1990s. Advertised as a step-by-step fiction writing system, Dramatica is built on a theory of story that guides you to assemble your story to include the character relationships and motivations necessary for success. Currently, you can buy the software for around $60   More expensive versions with more features are available, but can cost close to $200.  I used the least expensive, basic version and found it was plenty deep and complex enough for my taste.

So what does Dramatica Writer's DreamKit do? After you install the software on your computer, you start the Dramatica process, answering questions as you 'build' your story through the Story Guide function.  The first questions ask you to describe your story--what happens in the beginning, middle, and end.  It then prompts you to outline the main story events.  After that, the software helps you create your characters and set up their relationships; protagonist vs. antagonist, sidekick vs. skeptic, and so on.

The software then begins collecting more specific information.  What kinds of questions does Dramatica ask?  Here's an example:  Does the Main Character change her way of dealing with the problem at the heart of the story, or does she remain steadfast in her resolve?  Based on your answer to this question, the following questions build and guide based on your input.  Is she a do-er or a be-er?  Does he solve problems logically or intuitively? Roughly a dozen questions like this help you flesh out the mindset of your characters and give you a framework of how they should respond to virtually any situation you write them into.  Obviously, you can go back and change things as you go, and the software prints out summary reports at various milestone points.

After forming the story based on your characters, the Story Guide moves on to the next module, which illustrates how these character decisions come to life in your story. After completing the Illustrating module, you move to the third and final part, called Storyweaving.  In this exercise, you began to build scenes and 'weave' your story together.  At the end of the process, Dramatica produces reports and outlines detailing all the important information your story should contain.

You can easily spend hours with the software, especially the first story you build using it, as you learn about its functions, concepts, and terminology.  There's a lot more to Dramatica than I can cover here, but hopefully this gives you an idea of what it is and whether or not it might be 'your cup of tea.' If you're interested, I'd suggest reading more here.  I find it a useful tool, and intend to keep using it.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bublish, Reviews, and an Update

A bit of a mixed bag for today's post.  While I've got an upcoming review in the works about Dramatica and a free online editing software website I've found, neither are ready yet, so instead you get a little bit of a smorgasbord.  In today's post, I'll update some of the self-publishing topics I've been keeping you abreast of.

If you're not familiar with Bublish, I posted about it back in October.  I've been a bit of a slacker lately when it comes to using Bublish, but I'm trying to rectify that.  Here's my latest 'bubble.'

Regarding Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I received a nice shot of motivation from Fantasy Book Reviews this week.  If you're curious about what they had to say about Crimson & Cream (and you've fallen prey to my subtle foreshadowing), check it out here.

Speaking of reviews, my last update on this topic showed that of my approximately 60+ review requests I solicited, I hadn't received any reviews (although I did pleasantly receive two unsolicited reviews).  Since then, in addition to the Fantasy Book Reviews review mentioned above, I also received a review from EK Ellis Literary Works (search for Crimson & Cream to find the review).

Novelnook, another new-ish online self-publishing website I've blogged about recently received some positive press.  They were voted in the top 20 of all contestants and 5th in their respective category out of hundreds of businesses in a home-based startup competition hosted by Startupnation.com.  You can read more about it here if you'd like.

Jumping back to Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I've been sticking to my goal of writing at least one sentence every day (since mid-December).  Since trying to commit more time to writing a month ago, I've written over 15,000 words, or 500+ words a day, which is more than I had been averaging,  but still less than my goal of 1,000 words a day.  Regardless, the first draft of book two currently stands at 42,087 words and is a little over halfway finished.  I'm still struggling for a title, trying to pick one out of several in contention.

So that's all for now.  Here's a little Pinterest tidbit to brighten your day:

January 2013 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title January 2013, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Bublish, Reviews, and an Update
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January 2013

A bit of a mixed bag for today's post.  While I've got an upcoming review in the works about Dramatica and a free online editing software website I've found, neither are ready yet, so instead you get a little bit of a smorgasbord.  In today's post, I'll update some of the self-publishing topics I've been keeping you abreast of.

If you're not familiar with Bublish, I posted about it back in October.  I've been a bit of a slacker lately when it comes to using Bublish, but I'm trying to rectify that.  Here's my latest 'bubble.'

Regarding Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I received a nice shot of motivation from Fantasy Book Reviews this week.  If you're curious about what they had to say about Crimson & Cream (and you've fallen prey to my subtle foreshadowing), check it out here.

Speaking of reviews, my last update on this topic showed that of my approximately 60+ review requests I solicited, I hadn't received any reviews (although I did pleasantly receive two unsolicited reviews).  Since then, in addition to the Fantasy Book Reviews review mentioned above, I also received a review from EK Ellis Literary Works (search for Crimson & Cream to find the review).

Novelnook, another new-ish online self-publishing website I've blogged about recently received some positive press.  They were voted in the top 20 of all contestants and 5th in their respective category out of hundreds of businesses in a home-based startup competition hosted by Startupnation.com.  You can read more about it here if you'd like.

Jumping back to Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I've been sticking to my goal of writing at least one sentence every day (since mid-December).  Since trying to commit more time to writing a month ago, I've written over 15,000 words, or 500+ words a day, which is more than I had been averaging,  but still less than my goal of 1,000 words a day.  Regardless, the first draft of book two currently stands at 42,087 words and is a little over halfway finished.  I'm still struggling for a title, trying to pick one out of several in contention.

So that's all for now.  Here's a little Pinterest tidbit to brighten your day: