Write Brothers Dramatica Pro 4 (Win/Mac)
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What it is not:
... a guaranteed magic wand that will grant you good literature.
... simple for everyone to use.
... a solution to the creatively challenged.
... a complete waste of your money.
What it is:
... A partner, a tool, that supplements the writer's existing skills.
... not impossible to learn within a reasonable period.
... one solution to the problem of poor organizational skills.
... another way to get the juices flowing.
... arguably the best in its field.
... worth the cost if you are serious about improving as a writer.
Don't be swayed by those who say this software is difficult to use, and don't be swayed by those who say it's not. I feel that, for those who are able to use most softwares intuitively, it isn't particularly difficult. Although it isn't perfect, there are very few - if any - softwares that are. It all depends upon you. And in Dramatica's case, once you get past that hurdle it very quickly becomes a breeze to use.
No, I don't feel that it supplants my creativity. But that's more likely because I don't allow it to.
As for writer's block, there are established ways of getting over that, and - for me - they do not include the use of a computer.
The main problem I have is lack of persistence of focus. And, as a cure for that, it's excellent.
What has it done for me?
It's given me a much greater focus on and control over the mechanics of ordering my thoughts. Sure, I could use index cards, but they're very unwieldy.Read more ›
I would expect a software application of this price to be totally interactive. For example, it has a brainstorming feature to create new characters. Great! It should tell you how to complicate your plot by adding new characters, right? Maybe it will suggest that you change your love story between two people into a love triangle! But no. The "add a character" feature does nothing except ask you the sex of your new character and assign him/her a goofy name. (Banquo or Zues or Iccabod) It also has a feature where you can select a picture of your character from a big selection of mug shots. This would be sort of fun, except the pictures are so small and the resolution so bad that it is almost painful and not worth the effort.
There is also a "spin the plot" feature which would presumably offer plot twists that you had not considered. However, all this does is reshuffle the elements of the story (Instead of a happy ending, make it a sad ending). Well, duh.
And there is nothing about motivation, the most important part of any novel.Read more ›
I spent about two days trying to enter all the descriptions it was pressing for and I still hadn't completed the entire process. In the end, I actually abandoned the DRAMATICA system and just wrote the darned story from scratch...but I think that was only possible, really, because I had thought about all the angles to my story through the DRAMATICA PRO system.
I was disappointed at the fact that DRAMATICA PRO is "old" software, circa 2000 (when the registration asks for "what year" you purchased it, "2001" is the latest year possible), and there's no Mac OS X support. It does run in Classic mode, however.
It seems like it could be a very valuable tool, but it demands a healthy investment both in your time and in your understanding of its theory. I would only recommend the monetary investment if you're committed to the mental one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good tool. Not the end all or be all. They neglected to put a talent button in.Published 1 month ago by Gary Pepper
Great software. I lost my previous install on my PC because of a hard drive crash. i bought it to install on my IMAC and it does not work with it as they advertise. Read morePublished 12 months ago by emmitt thrower
(As this is a writer oriented topic let's make clear that english is not my mother tonge)
I discovered DRAMATICA by chance reading "A Comparison Of Seven Story Paradigms" by... Read more
I've read that others found the program hard to use. I didn't find that at all. I'm not a computer geek and had no problems just jumping in. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Bookish
This software is strictly limited to GRAND ARGUMENT stories. My current novel is a fractured narrative so the software is not very useful to me. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by J. Stein
Some of the language used to describe the narrative elements is confusing and unclear. It reads like it was written by a philosophy major, for whom English is a second language.Published on July 9, 2012 by S. Burks
Dramatica Pro, I was pleased with the software. And it was very easy to register this product and like it says on the box does everything what it says it's going to do on the box. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Adelaide Prescod
I agree with the negative reviews that say there is a very steep learning curve here. But if you're willing to put in the time and work to learn the theory, the payoff is... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Jeffery Cotton
I requested this as a Christmas gift from my wife based on the solid reviews it got in Amazon. I was excited as a child to open this package and get to work. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Terry Kang