Pros / This software offers a host of features to develop characters, plots, conflicts, settings, stories and more.
Cons / The user interface is old fashioned and the instruction process is lengthy.
Verdict / StoryWeaver is for those who prefer a sequential process to help them develop creative writing projects of all kinds.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Creative Writing Software here.
StoryWeaver is creative writing software that guides you through a series of questions to help you define and write your story. The product's organized interface leads you in a linear path from story inception to completion. This software can help you along every step of the process regardless of the type of project you are working on.
This writing software is not for everyone. It takes a lot of time to fully learn the application’s benefits and follow the steps to complete your creative writing project. It's not modern or intuitive. Each folder in the sidebar tracker has a detailed set of instructions that you can read to implement and use the application. The interface is simple to use, but the process of learning how to use it is not.
There are four stages to StoryWeaver's creation path. They include inspiration, development, exposition and storytelling. The inspiration helps you generate ideas for plot, characters, themes and genre. Development leads you to add details and flesh out those ideas. The exposition stage shows you how to reveal your story to your readers point by point, and the storytelling stage guides you to develop a plan to unfold your story, its scenes, chapters and events.
This software offers a host of features to guide you in development of characters, conflicts, plots, settings, stories and more. However, it lacks tools found in software ranked higher on our list, particularly a word processor. Although you can write within the application, the system lacks an actual word processor. There is no spell check or word count. It also lacks a dictionary and thesaurus.
The built-in instructions for StoryWeaver are thorough – perhaps too detailed, but customer support for this product falls short. Your only recourse, should you need help or have questions about the application, is to send an email.
Once you learn to use StoryWeaver, it can help you outline your story's structure, as well as develop characters and storylines. However, it’s not a simple process to learn to use this software, and the interface is old fashioned. You follow a series of folders, each with its own set of instructions and questions to help you complete each writing project. If you have time and like linear structure, this software will do the job.