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A step by step approach to story development, from concept to completed story for your novel or screenplay. More than 200 interactive Story Cards guide you through the entire process.

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Dramatica Pro 4.0<br>Plus FREE Bonus!

The most powerful story structuring software available, Dramatica is driven by a patented "Story Engine" that cross-references your dramatic choices to ensure a perfect structure.

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Movie Magic Screenwriter


Movie Magic Screenwriter<br>Plus FREE Bonus!

The most advanced screenwriting software available, Movie Magic is deemed a "preferred file format" by the Writer's Guild. An industry standard, MMS is used by professionals and studios around the world.

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Throughline Index Cards


Interactive index cards - Name them, add notes, titles, colors, click and drag to re-arrange, adjust font, save, export and print. An essential tool for every writer.


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Buyer's Guide to Writing Software

Choosing the right Writing Software can be confusing.  The information below will help you select the right tool for yourself or as a gift.

Remember, you can't go wrong with our 90 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE and 30 Day 110% Price Match Guarantee.

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There are Two basic categories of writing software:

Screenplay Formatting

Story Development 

Scripts need to be laid out with very specific margins and style, or agents and studios won't even read them.

Screenplay Formatting Software products are essentially specialized word-processors that do all of this automatically, making it quick and easy to write in proper format.

The three most popular formatters are:

Movie Magic Screenwriter

Final Draft

Hollywood Screenwriter

Here's more information about these three:

Movie Magic and Final Draft are virtually identical.  They have the same features, and each has big stars and directors endorsing them.  They are the only two "preferred file formats" according to the Writer's Guild.  Each can import the other's file format.

Whenever one gets a new feature, the other adds it at the next upgrade.  The only big difference is the "look and feel" of the working environment, so you really can't go wrong with either.

Hollywood Screenwriter is made by the same company that makes Movie Magic.  It is the "basic" version of Movie Magic, including all of the necessary features, but none of the fancy and flashy ones.  It has the same file format as Movie Magic.  The big advantage is that is costs more than $100 LESS than either Movie Magic or Final Draft.

Whether you are writing a Novel, Screenplay, or Stage Play, you need to come up with an inspiration, develop the idea, and organize your materials.

Story Development Software helps with all three of these tasks.  Some products specialize in one or two of these areas.  Others tack all three, but usually not in as much detail as ones that specialize.

The six most popular Story Development products are:

(Our Best Seller!)


Dramatica Pro

Dramatica Writer's DreamKit

Power Structure

Power Writer

Here's more information about these five:

StoryWeaver is by far our best-seller, outselling the other five products, combined!  StoryWeaver is a step-by-step approach to story development that takes the author from concept to completed manuscript.  It begins with Inspiration, carries it through Development, and into Storytelling style.  It is perfect for a beginning writer, and the best aid for even an advanced writer.

Dramatica Pro is a a very powerful, but very complex story development product.  Dramatica is built around a patented "Story Engine" that takes an author's answers to questions about his or her story and cross-references them to predict the perfect underlying dramatic structure.  It has a pretty high learning curve, but is the only writing software product that can tell you more about your story than you told it!

Dramatica Writer's DreamKit is the "little brother of Dramatica Pro.  It uses the same patented Story Engine but doesn't go into as much detail.  While Dramatica Pro is good for any story, Writer's DreamKit is better for less complex stories, such as action stories, or half-hour television episodes.  DreamKit is also better for less experienced writers, as Dramatica Pro would likely overwhelm them.

Power Structure is not a story development guide like StoryWeaver, nor is it a structure design program like Dramatica.  Rather, it is a collection of integrated tools for organizing your materials and linking information together. In it, you can drop your material into templates for chapters or scenes, and track plot events and character growth.

Power Writer is the "little brother" of Power Structure.  It does the same things as Power Writer but in less detail, and without some of the fancier features.

PLUS you get the Writer's Survival Kit Bonus Package FREE with any purchase!



Story Weaver is the absolute BEST CHOICE for ANY writer, novelist or screenwriter.  And at $29.95, the value can't be better!  Whether you are a beginning or advanced writer, StoryWeaver's step-by-step approach is the perfect guide.  You'll move through over 200 "StoryCards," each of which helps you develop one more story point and integrate it into your ever-evolving manuscript.  Each step of the way, StoryWeaver references your work on earlier Story Cards so you are constantly building on what you've already developed.  You'll never be lost, and always know exactly what to do next!

For Screenplay Formatting, the best economical choice is Hollywood Screenwriter.  It may not be the fanciest formatter, but it does all the essentials.  Unless you are close to being a professional screenwriter, you can't do better for a price of just $49.95!

Or try one of our Instructional Products that teach the art and craft of writing, beginning at just $9.95

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*Try either or both for 90 days.  Not working for you?  Return for a full refund of your purchase price!

About Dramatica and StoryWeaver

What They Do

Dramatica is a tool to help you build a perfect story structure.  StoryWeaver is a tool to help you build your story's world.

Dramatica focuses on the underlying logic of your story, making sure there are no holes or inconsistencies. 

StoryWeaver focuses on the creative process, boosting your inspiration and guiding it to add depth, detail and passion  to your story.

How They Do It

Dramatica has the world's only patented interactive Story Engine™ which cross-references your answers to questions about your dramatic intent, then finds any weaknesses in your structure and even suggests the best ways to strengthen them.

StoryWeaver uses a revolutionary new creative format as you follow more than 200 Story Cards™ step by step through the story development process.  You'll design the people who'll inhabit your story's world, what happens to them, and what it all means.

How They Work Alone

By itself Dramatica appeals to structural writers who like to work out all the details of their stories logically before they write a word.

By itself, StoryWeaver appeals to intuitive writers who like to follow their Muse and develop their stories as they go.

How They Work Together

But, the finished work of a structural writer can often lack passion, which is where StoryWeaver can help.  And the finished work of an intuitive writer can often lack direction, which is where Dramatica can help.

So, while each kind of writer will find one program or the other the most initially appealing, both kinds of writers can benefit from both programs.

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We have a 90 Day Return Policy here at Storymind.  Try either or both of these products and if you aren't completely satisfied we'll cheerfully refund your purchase price.

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