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Character creation and plot creation software

Any recommends? Anything that can work on computers as well as smartphones?

Richard "RB" Botto

I like to use my own imagination, Deryc. No program will ever be better than that. Based on other threads on here, however, those who have used some of the available programs out there have been mostly disappointed.

Rosalind Winton

Hi Deryc My advice would be to people watch, make yourself aware of your surroundings all the time, watch what people do and make up stories for them in your head. For instance if you see a guy leaning against a lamp post looking at his watch, make up a story as to, who is he waiting for? Where does he have to be by a certain time? Just practice doing things like that, listen very carefully to what people say to you, sometimes a word or phrase can spark inspiration. Be aware of your own thoughts as well and also... just write and see where your imagination takes you. I write lyrics and songs and these are the processes I use, the same can be applied for character and plot development. The musical Miss Saigon was written after the composers saw a Vietnamese woman standing with her son in a street, so anything can be born from anything. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Allen Clark

I'm with Rosland people watching helps me in creating characters and even getting stories.

Jeff Lyons

I agree with RB .... software is just stupid code. You need to actually feel to write characters. The best tool out there for character development is something called the Enneagram. I'm actually writing a book on how to use it to develop stories and characters (not out until next year), but there are a few people who teach the Enneagram for writers (Judith Searle is one of the better ones). It's a huge topic and a little overwhelming, but you dont' have to become an Enneagram expert to use it effectively as a writer. wroth checking into. Just google enneagram... you'll see tons of stuff on it.

Richard "RB" Botto

Very interesting, Jeff. Absolutely going to check it out. Thanks for the course knowledge!

Deryc Miller

I'm definitely going to look into it. Thank you all for your insight. I'm definitely going to make good use of it!

Jeff Lyons

You're all going to hate me for making the suggestion ... you'll see why when you Google the term :) Two books (until mine comes out :)) I highly recommend: "Literary Enneagram: Characters from the Inside Out" (http://amzn.to/1M58NfA) Judith Searle, and "Enneagram Movie & Video Guide 3.0" (http://amzn.to/1oq22cD) Tom Condon. I know both Judith and Tom and respect them greatly. Tom's book is outdated (note the "video)... but masterful.

Colin "Buck" Randall

The most important software I believe, is one we already have Deryc, our minds. This wonderful thing we're born with... it allows me to get "lost" for hours in a world that I created, and the best thing is... it doesn't cost a dime.

Deryc Miller

Trust me there's a great deal of ideas in my head and I am working on fleshing out my characters. I just want to be able to write down ideas on the fly as I won't have a computer on me at all times

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