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Power Writer (Novel and Fiction Writing Software)

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Reorganize an entire novel via drag'n'drop in the Outline mode.
  • Examine any text with the search engine of your choice.
  • Customize the program to work the way you write.
  • Real-time spell check with (optional) auto-correction and auto-spacing
  • Powerful thesaurus with definition dictionary.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: CD-ROM

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B0009DXCD0
  • Item model number: 2005 edition
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 12, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,512 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

A Story Processor for Creative Writers? What a NOVEL idea! Imagine a word processing software console integrated with formatting, outlining and story development tools designed specifically for fiction writers. Imagine having every plot point, note, research, story idea, character info, AND your main text right there at your finger tips. Or, if you want to just be alone with your main text you can do that too, but it's all there, ready and waiting. You'll be amazed how Power Writer can manage the diverse elements of a monumental project with simplicity and ease of use.

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-Stop writing April 25, 2005
Power Writer is my favorite piece of writing software. It's a word processor for fiction writers. Formatting is a breeze and the Outline View allows you to move chapters of text with a couple clicks. It also makes it easy to find the section you want to work on. (Especially helpful during revisions.) My favorite feature is headers for Plot Points. The titles (-Joe loses wallet, Sally attends funeral, whatever) appear on the screen in grey type but do not print (unless you want them to) or add to the word count. You can shuffle them (and the accompanying text) at will. There's also a screen for notes (Story Tools). The main categories are General Story, Acts, Chapters, Plot Points, and Notes/Research. All your character descriptions, backstory, Must Accomplish Items and so forth are at your fingertips while working on your story or novel) If the Outline and Story Tools windows distract you, just hide them and view only the word processor.

Power Writer doesn't tell you how or what to write. It formats, outlines, and keeps all your notes in one convenient spot so that you never have to scrounge your desk for the Post-It note with a character's middle name or an inspired line of dialogue scrawled on it.

It's a snap to use too.

Highly recommended.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fatally flawed November 15, 2006
I thought Power Writer was exactly what I was looking for, and while it was a bit confusing at first, not a bad product over all. At the time bought it, I didn't know about the "three times and you're dead" rule. That is a killer for me. I don't how many times I have had a virus that forced me to reinstall my software, and most of the time I wouldn't have the opportunity to do a uninstall. This is the stingiest piece of software I have ever come across. I assume that if you try to install it a fourth time, there is a way of translating your work-in-progress from a Power Writer file to some sort of a text file without having to buy another copy.

Many EULA agreements, if you read the fine print, licence you to install a program both on a deskstop and a notebook, honoring most users' needs these days. Amen.

There are a number of irritations involving files and other external factors that make it seem that the person who did the specs didn't use computers very much. Worse, I lost some work, apparently because Power Writer wants to put the documents in its program file instead of where I want to store it. Any program that can't remember from one session to the next where the user stores his files is poorly designed in other ways. AND YOU DON'T PUT DOCUMENTS OF ANY KIND IN THE PROGRAMS FOLDER -- YOU PUT THEM IN THE USER'S DOCUMENTS FOLDER! If the user wants elsewhere, he'll move them elsewhere.

Sometimes you watch a movie that should have won an Oscar but ended being a stinker because of one or two bad decisions -- usually coming from the top. Power Writer is the software equivalent of that. I'm also returning it and going back to Word.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Efficient--try the demo December 13, 2005
(...) Power Writer is a word processor and database. It does keep all of your information in one place. (weblinks, outlines, character diagrams, and Chapter/Act goals). It does not write the story for you or help with plot lines or story goals....that is for the writer to figure out. It is such a fabulous tool for tracking information and keeping your mind on the work, but it doesn't in any way tell you how to do your story or build your characters. You can choose to fill out notes on characters, but it is not a requirement to start writing. I think Fiction writers will find this simple, efficient, and worth the money.

I think it is useful to any writer that just needs a way to organize thoughts, historical or environmental data, and keep their eye on the goals of the story.

See my review of Dramatica Pro 4:-)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat dated April 20, 2008
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Purchased this 2 years ago. The support crew at the time said a new version was "on the doorstep" but nothing on that since then. This program is pretty dated. It has some nice features, but really lacks the pieces that would make it much better than the word processors that just about everyone now has already. In particular, the program does not have any tools that track story timelines (promised in new version). The tools that it does have - like outlining and areas to store character data - can be fairly easily reproduced using features in standard word processors like Microsoft Word. I can not recommend the product in it's current version. Maybe if that new version would ever materialize...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Zillion times better than using basic word processing... September 27, 2007
I bought this product with the hopes that I could organize a fiction project that has grown to over 350,000 words (pre edited obviously). Importing the files from Microsoft Word was tedious, I had to save each as rtf format and then import. Considering I had 50-odd chapters when I started, that was a pain, but I did it.

The help files aren't very helpful, but email support was good. I've experienced some strange issues they've never seen before, never did get to the bottom of them, but they helped me make them "livable".

The tutorial didn't make a lot of sense to me, I'd prefer a different format because while you're reading it, you can't be doing what it suggests (setting up a file, etc) at the same time. That would be something to consider doing in the future...making the tutorial/help files in a pop up box that won't disappear as you play with/practice on the actual files.

With a lot of playing around & trying different things, a LOT of looking through help files and emailing support, I've figured the program out for the most part.

The best part about the software is the outline pane on the left, it has become invaluable to scan the entirety of the storyline (w/ plot headers) instantly. Also the ability to track characters is excellent (IF you take the time to keep the files up to date!).

Obviously, the more you put into this software, the more you'll get out of it. This software does not "prompt" you to do anything, but the tools are all there if you so choose to type the information in. When your story covers 35 years of a family's history, with several interwoven back-stories and sub-plots, you're wise to track it all from the beginning.

My only regret is not having this software 5 years ago when I started this project; it would have made it so much easier! For the money, I definitely recommend this software.
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