Story Writing Software

There’s more to writing than a word processor.   There are probably  a lot of people out there who think of themselves as ‘pantsers’,  but the ‘plotters’ need to plan – and wavemaker has the tools to help them.


Wavemaker Novel writing Timeline Tool

Need to get everything down and in order? – the timeline tool is great for working through your plot. Get key events/ scenes down and it you can go back and grow the timeline into a detailed set of events for your story

The Snowflake Novel Planning Tool

Wavemaker Novel planning Snowflake Method Tool

This is where wavemaker started – I had read about the snowflake method and it was really similar to a ‘3×4 cards’ system I was working with. Eventually I built a basic web tool to do the job – it then grew …… much like a snowflake itself as it gathered more detail.

This works by making you focus on keeping each card short, you then split a card up when you need to add more detail. Doing this you can build up your story slowly and adding detail as you go.

The Cards Planning Board

Wavemaker Cards ‘trello’ style planning tool

This is a bit like the planning boards I use as a software developer. They are amazingly useful for planning what and where you put scenes and ideas….

All this  …. and we still haven’t reached the writing tool! 🙂

NaNoWriMo Template News

I was never satisfied with the Nanowrimo template built into wavemaker. Today however I found this. The new template will be arriving in version 2.6 due shortly 🙂

The Manuscript Shredder NanoWrimo Template

Using this I have updated the template in wavemaker, but I strongly suggest you head on over to  The manuscript shredder  for more info on it!  

There is also a great book for those of you looking to take part as well.

Other Resources

This roadmap is a combination of several sources.

The BUT/SO rule

What makes for a good story

I read quite a bit and there have been some great books out there that keep me interested and engaged. However one of the things I noticed was wrong with bad stories was when things just kept happening to the protagonist, things that were out of their control.

The story was driven almost entirely by outside events, and before long I lost interest. When I saw the south park creators talking about this subject it just made sense.

Consequences of actions

Want a great example of this – The Martian by Andy Weir. After the initial sandstorm almost everything that goes wrong for Mark Watney is caused by his actions and his choices.

It can be summed up as

Mark is on Mars BUT he is stranded SO he tries to grow potatoes for food BUT he does not have enough water SO he tries to make water from rocket fuel ……..

Hence I call it the BUT/SO rule.