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Hey, all. I'm just wondering if anyone has used a software called Writer's Dream Kit. I saw it on the shelf, and I just want to know if it's helped anybody with organizing a story, or if anybody has any feedback on it whatsoever.


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I have it.

My opinion is that if you depend upon it you will not develop as a writer as fast as you would if you did not depend upon it. In other words, it is a detour.

You get all bogged down in their theory of novel, and the mechanics of the thing, and just forget to write.

IMHO, anyway.

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From Amazon.com:

If you're looking for a writing package that provides guidance but isn't overbearing, the Writer's DreamKit package from Dramatica is a great solution. This package is targeted at beginning to intermediate writers, and attempts to get you involved in working out the mechanics of your story before you even begin writing it.
You'll get started with the StoryGuide: the central location for establishing your "storyform" and structure. You can work with the StoryGuide either directly or by creating scenes, but either way, the creative work done in this portion will be tracked and available in all other parts of the application. For the fastest route, you can start with one of three structure templates: novel, screenplay, or short story. In these templates, the essential characters are already created. Using these in conjunction with the StoryGuide gives a writer both efficiency and flexibility.

One of the strongest features of the StoryGuide, however, is the Dramatica Query System. This system offers a question and answer approach to storyforming, and allows you to focus on one element, relationship, or idea at a time. In the DQS, the questions may be very straightforward or somewhat indirect; regardless, newer writers will appreciate the help buttons that appear for each question, offering an explanation, the theory behind the question, usage, illustrations, definitions, context, and story examples.

If a question and answer bombardment or too much structure is not your thing, you can find relief in the Story Engine, which offers a more holistic and freeform approach to identifying your storyform. The Story Engine does lack help, which makes it more suitable for experienced users, and also looks somewhat daunting on the first few uses. However, it also is the quickest way to get to your underlying structure.

While the Writer's DreamKit is somewhat linear in progression, there are many opportunities to diverge from the standard path. You can create characters, one of the most enjoyable parts of the creative process, at any time. You'll do more than just assign a name and a few stock attributes: you'll build your people from scratch (or from a template) and instill in them the complex characteristics that will guide them through your story.

If you've never taken a creative writing class or are looking to refresh your skills, the Writer's DreamKit definitely offers a great foundation for structuring your story. However, it's still up to you to write your great American novel or the next box office hit. --Emilie Dirks

( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004TYC7/102-1043716-5096959 )

I'd never heard of it until now, but it doesn't sound like my kind of thing. I prefer to just write, and I have my own system of keeping track of plot and character and so forth. I suppose if you don't have that yet, it would be worth looking into, but I feel that it would be more of a hindrance than a help to me.

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I can't speak for the software, but I enjoy looking through the Dramatica theory. But I warn you to only go into it as deep as it helps. Mike is right it can get muddling.
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