Power Structure Review

Power Structure is one of the most versatile creative writing programs on our lineup. That’s because you can use it to write a host of formats, including books, plays, movies and TV writing.

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Our Verdict

Power Structure multiformat platform helps you produce creative writing projects of all kinds.

For

  • This is versatile software with different formats to help you organize a variety of writing projects, including novels and screenplays.

Against

  • It lacks a brainstorming tool, genre outlines and a dictionary.
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When you open a new project within Power Structure, you can choose from multiple formats, according to what you’ll be writing.

When you open a new project within Power Structure, you can choose from multiple formats, according to what you’ll be writing.
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Power Structure’s toolbar is easy to use.

Power Structure’s toolbar is easy to use.
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From the Preferences option within Power Structure, you can customize a few settings.

From the Preferences option within Power Structure, you can customize a few settings.
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Power Structure’s Title Page Publisher lets you control how your title page looks.

Power Structure’s Title Page Publisher lets you control how your title page looks.
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To make Power Structure easier to use, you can edit the terminology to reflect what you know or are comfortable with.

To make Power Structure easier to use, you can edit the terminology to reflect what you know or are comfortable with.
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Power Structure makes it easy to edit individual plot points, and even offers basic text formatting for emphasis.

Power Structure makes it easy to edit individual plot points, and even offers basic text formatting for emphasis.
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Power Structure can automatically find incorrect or unfamiliar terms in your document, highlighting them so you can review and edit them, if necessary.

Power Structure can automatically find incorrect or unfamiliar terms in your document, highlighting them so you can review and edit them, if necessary.
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You can format the appearance of text within Power Structure so it looks just how you want it to.

You can format the appearance of text within Power Structure so it looks just how you want it to.
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Power Structure has a tool that will show you a word’s definition and synonyms, and can even group the synonyms according to parts of speech.

Power Structure has a tool that will show you a word’s definition and synonyms, and can even group the synonyms according to parts of speech.
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Power Structure makes it easy to add multiple plot points to your story.

Power Structure makes it easy to add multiple plot points to your story.
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The organizational tree within Power Structure lets you expand it to see what you have created for each chapter and plot point.

The organizational tree within Power Structure lets you expand it to see what you have created for each chapter and plot point.
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Power Structure’s storyboard function allows you to lay out plot points and other crucial details visually, helping you organize and plan out your story.

Power Structure’s storyboard function allows you to lay out plot points and other crucial details visually, helping you organize and plan out your story.
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You’ll have a dedicated space within Power Structure to describe your character’s physical appearance.

You’ll have a dedicated space within Power Structure to describe your character’s physical appearance.
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Power Structure lets you specify additional details beyond basic physical appearance for each character as well, including marital status, profession and highest education level.

Power Structure lets you specify additional details beyond basic physical appearance for each character as well, including marital status, profession and highest education level.
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Power Structure has a space where you can map out, edit and view your plot, story arcs, chapters and so forth.

Power Structure has a space where you can map out, edit and view your plot, story arcs, chapters and so forth.
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With Power Structure’s built-in conflict tool, you can see where conflict arises and resolves across your entire story.

With Power Structure’s built-in conflict tool, you can see where conflict arises and resolves across your entire story.
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You can change the viewable language for spell check, helping ensure that you’re spelling words correctly, even if you need to write in a language that isn’t native to you.

You can change the viewable language for spell check, helping ensure that you’re spelling words correctly, even if you need to write in a language that isn’t native to you.

Power Structure is one of the most versatile creative writing 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 those different media formats.

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 see your themes, characters, conflicts and structures. This software does an excellent job of keeping your story elements in one location and making them easily accessible. 

Power Structure is outstanding creative writing software, especially for its ability to accommodate a variety of formats. If you like to dabble in a variety of writing forms – screenplays, plays and novels, for example – you’ll want to consider this software, which works for all kinds of writers. It offers many 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.

This writing 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. 

Power Structure’s toolbar buttons are old-fashioned and small with 10-point default text. However, unlike the very best creative writing software, this program has no in-program tool to troubleshoot software problems that may arise, and it lacks writing examples to model skillful writing.

Power Structure offers instructional tutorial videos on its website, as well as FAQs to answer questions or help you troubleshoot an issue. 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 in order to read the PDF manual. Adobe Reader was already installed on our test machine so we checked for and installed an update. However, the software still could 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 altogether in the Tools menu.

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 loves to create text in multiple genres and forms, the software will provide all the tools you need. 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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