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.

Timeline

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! 🙂

7 Replies to “Story Writing Software”

  1. hotkey list?

    Thanks for the excellent program. I am writing a sermon on it now. I would love to know if we can hotkey to navigate between parent and child pages.

    Also love to have bulleted and numbered lists. Thanks!

  2. Hi, your software is very good.
    But I have a problem. I write in Spanish and the word processor changes all the time the words I wrote to another words. Is there any possibility to avoid this situation?

    Thank you,
    Juan

    1. Hi. Is it trying to correct to english? My software does not actually do any word changing at all – it must be coming from your browser? – maybe a setting there?

  3. Hi Iain,

    Big thanks for you work. Wavemaker is awesome. I’ll make a donation.

    Same issue here with french. I fixed this by disabling the automatic word replacement option, which was on by default.

    Just to help. I hope my english isn’t too bad.

    Yves

  4. Hi, Love the software but there is one issue I think you should make people aware of. If you run CCleaner it will happily delete your novel with no warning, so synching is REALLY important if you have decent PC cleanliness.

    1. Syncing is REALLY important – but you can just as easily export the project or database after each session if you want.

  5. Hello, thank you for Wavemaker as I run Linux this is fantastic. I did want to point out something though:

    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”.”

    I placed quotation marks around a section that drove me nuts when I tried to read it ;-)…

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