There are a lot of writing tools available that are designed to help travel writers and travel authors, to make the writing process easier.
Whether you’re crafting a narrative-style travel essay or a travel book, you’re in effect weaving a story that you hope will intrigue, engage, and entertain readers.
Some people are natural born storytellers with a gift for weaving a story in a way that leaves readers spellbound, others of us can’t mange to weave three pieces of string into a braid.
This is where a good writing tool like StoryWeaver can help.
Formerly named “Master Storyteller” and developed by the same people who created Dramatica Pro (you can read our review of Dramatica Pro here), but designed to serve a different function, StoryWeaver helps you build your story, guiding you through the use of what they call “story cards”.
Where Dramatica Pro helps travel writers develop the structure of a story, StoryWeaver helps those who already understand structure, but need help with the creative aspect of it.
With StoryWeaver the actual structuring of your story is handled in the background as you build your narration.
Thus StoryWeaver helps you to develop greater depth to your travel stories without getting bogged down in how to structure them.
From their description:
StoryWeaver uses a revolutionary new creative format as you follow more than 200 Story Cards™ step by step through the story development process. You’ll design the people who’ll inhabit your story’s world, what happens to them, and what it all means…..StoryWeaver appeals to intuitive writers who like to follow their Muse and develop their stories as they go.
For those that enjoy organizing their work, you can create your own Story Cards. You can take notes, write down your ideas, and organize all of your story materials. When you’re ready to create a story of your own, use the the Story Development Templates so you can lay a solid dramatic foundation.
In addition, Story Weaver creates “automatic references” to other Story Cards. This will pull together work you do elsewhere within the program into a special Reference Window, which will help you develop a new aspect of your travel writing story, or even to create a series of related travel articles or stories.
What we like
- There are tutorials and a troubleshooter; very easy to use. If you’re in the market for a very simple writing software then Story Weaver is for you;
- The software is affordable. At only $29.95 it’s not a huge investment, but it can help you in a huge way;
- StoryWeaver includes loads of “tips & tricks” to help you learn new ways to develop and tell your story – a great tool for inexperienced travel authors;
- It’s compatible with both Mac and Windows – a big plus!
What we don’t like
- The help section is so-so; Not as extensive as more expensive software, but given the price it’s hard to complain;
- It doesn’t have as many features as other (more expensive) writing tools we’ve reviewed;
The key to great storytelling is to develop a solid story line. Remember, a comedian can have a great joke but it can fall flat if it’s improperly executed. You may have a brilliant idea for a story but if it’s told poorly if it will fall flat. Make sure your story is well developed. Write from the heart with energy, inspiration, and craftsmanship. You’ll become a master Story Weaver in no time!
What writing tools do you use? Share your experience!