Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Writing Software

I've had a few suggestions for writing software in the past. When we did the tour for Curse of the Spider King, the authors Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper recommended Scrivener, but apparently that is only available for the Mac.

Back to the drawing board for me.

Now Randy Ingermanson has release a software version of his famous "Snowflake" method of writing a book, titled aptly enough, "Snowflake Pro" . He ran a promotion for it on his Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine (the ezine is free if you want to check it out), and I couldn't resist.

If you click on the Snowflake Pro link, you can see how it looks. The basic method is starting with a simple overview statement of your novel idea, and slowly expanding it, like a snowflake fractal. It helps you expand the summary statement into a summary paragraph, and further on until you supposedly have a great outline ready to be filled in.

I have Randy's Fiction 101 lecture and have read his Snowflake method before. It seemed logical, but I had trouble sitting down and doing it. So far the Snowflake Pro is making it easy to do so. It includes audio clips from Randy as well as text notes. It has helped me get some dull coals fired back up again, and I'm hopeful it will help me plot out further so I can really attack the story this winter. The software is simple to download and install, and with the help features, it is pretty intuitive so far.

Does anyone else know about writing software and have recommendations? I will post more about Snowflake Pro as I use it more, but for now it seems quite helpful. I'm sure there's a ton of products out there, so if anyone has experience with them, I'd love to hear about them.

1 comment:

  1. Jason,
    Randy Ingermanson's hook for Snowflake Pro hooked me. A few weeks ago he offered offered John Olson's writing in the shadows audio set with the purchase of Powers. It's a good study.

    If you're like me and need organizational help, try WriteWay Pro. The program hasn't been updated in a while, but it provides a way to manage stacks of story notes, and pre-plan future stories.