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Power Structure 1.9.0.1 Review

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PROS / Power Structure is versatile with different formats to help you organize a variety of writing projects, including novels and screenplays.

CONS / It lacks a brainstorming tool, genre outlines and a dictionary.

 VERDICT / This software’s multiformat platform will help you produce creative writing projects of all kinds.

Power Structure is among the most versatile creative writing software programs on our lineup. That's because you can use it to write a host of formats, including books, plays, movies and TV writing. Such diversity makes the software useful for professionals and amateurs writing in any of these different media formats.

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This writing software offers multiple ways to view the stories you're writing. At the top of the user interface, an array of View buttons allows you to view your themes, characters, conflicts and structures. This software does a good job of keeping your story elements in one location and making them easily accessible. For these reasons, Power Structure earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
 

  1. The overall effectiveness of the software in helping to develop and complete creative writing projects.
    Higher is Better
  2. 3 Power Structure
    85%
  3. 100%
  4. 90%
  5. Category Average
    85.00%

Organizational Tools

Power Structure is one of the best creative writing software packages for accommodating a variety of formats. If you like to dabble in a variety of forms from screenplays, plays and novels, you’ll want to consider this software package. It offers a variety of features and options to help you write a book, story collection, script, play or TV show. It also includes Campbell & Vogler's Mythic 12 steps of writing, which typically outlines the steps of your protagonist's journey through a screenplay or novel.

You can use the Index Cards feature to plot a story point by point and chapter by chapter. It's great for developing your story and making you think about structure. Though Power Structure has features to help you develop plot, characters, settings and conflicts, it lacks genre outlines and brainstorming tools.

Writing Features

This creative writing software program has a word processor with all the tools that accompany standard applications. That includes spell check, word count and the ability to write and search text. It offers a useful thesaurus but lacks a dictionary. Power Structure's toolbar buttons are old-fashioned and small with 10-point default text. However, this software has no tool to troubleshoot software problems that may arise and lacks writing examples to model good writing.

Ease of Use

This creative writing software program has a word processor with all the tools that accompany standard applications. That includes spell check, word count and the ability to write and search text. It offers a useful thesaurus but lacks a dictionary. Power Structure's toolbar buttons are old-fashioned and small with 10-point default text. However, this software has no tool to troubleshoot software problems that may arise and lacks writing examples to model good writing.

Help & Support

Power Structure offers instructional tutorial videos on its website, as well as FAQs to answer common questions. The company offers email support and typically responds the same day to inquiries. Phone support is also available during business hours.

We ran into some glitches when we tried to access the program manual. The software prompted us to download Adobe Reader to read the PDF manual. After we downloaded and installed Adobe, the software still would not access the program manual from under the Help menu. In addition, Auto Spell is a bit of a nuisance. The window pops up too often for names and other words, and it's better to turn it off in the Tools menu.

Summary

Power Structure is good creative writing software for a variety of formats including books, screenplays, stage plays and TV shows. If you’re a writer who likes to dabble in different forms, this will provide all the tools you need in a single software package. The software's character-, plot- and conflict-development features work well, and the overall application is easy to use. It has a few operational glitches, however, including the lack of a workable user manual and a feature to prompt brainstorming. Overall though, this program works well for outlining and structuring many creative writing projects.

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