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Structuring a screenplay is not easy. You, the screenwriter, don't always know what happens next, to whom or why. Frustrated, you chuck your screenplay aside and then wait and wait for the Muse to arrive. It rarely does. This is the reason many screenwriters turn to story development software and books to write their screenplays.

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Sometimes the most difficult aspect of screenwriting is the ability to hone progression. How to get from conception to completion logically. Story development software is intended to guide you gradually through the process so you gain confidence, not uncertainty, in your screenwriting ability. You will be prodded to make tiny, but powerful, decisions about plot, structure, character and theme.

Dramatica Pro
Dramatica Pro is a step-by-step writing system that helps plot and illustrate your story as well as create scenes. Through a series of thought-provoking questions you narrow down story possibilities to the one that is uniquely yours. Then you are prompted to give specific examples of how character, conflict, plot points and goals will play out. Once these steps are completed, you then weave it all together into scenes and sequences. Dramatica Pro comes with a plot view so you can see a linear representation of your story, a database of characters to help you visualize your cast and structure templates with complete instructions. Your work in Dramatica Pro may be exported to Movie Magic Screenwriter.
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Dramatica Pro.

Writer's Dreamkit
The Writer's Dreamkit is a writing software program written by writers. It was developed by the makers of Dramatica Pro. Writer's Dreamkit works much like Dramatica except it is geared more toward the new and intermediate writer. You can develop your plot and characters as well as illustrate your story and create scenes. Using Writer's Dreamkit can mean the difference between an ordinary screenplay and an extraordinary one.
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Power Structure
Power Structure is for the writer who wants to explore many ideas but who also wants to write a screenplay that makes sense. Based on nine Views, Power Structure gives you the chance to work different aspects of your story in whichever direction you choose. Views include: story and theme, character, three-act structure, sequences and chapters, scenes and plot points, gestalt, conflict, index card view and word processor view to simply write what's on your mind. Power structure gives you the freedom to jump back and forth between views.
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Power Writer
This word processing software fully integrates the outlining and story development process. With a single click, you can move from outline view to manuscript view. The outline view is editable which means any changes you make will automatically update the manuscript. Power Writer also allows you to store three different kinds of notes: Global for story research, Embedded for on-screen reminders and Referenced for notes on a specific scene or text. The program comes with a thesaurus and spell check.
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Power Writer.

StoryWeaver
Created by Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator of Dramatica, StoryWeaver is a revolutionary approach to story development. The program is designed to guide you through the entire process and is based around 200 story cards. Each card concentrates on a story point. StoryWeaver also comes with hundreds of tips, tricks and techniques.
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StoryWeaver here.

QuickStory 5.0
QuickStory is a Windows based story development software program that allows you to create a basic story quickly and easily. It is run by a Story Generator which has the ability to generate one billion story combinations. The downside is that these story combinations are very general. QuickStory has drag and drop features, export capabilities, an integrated spell checker and blank story templates.
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QuickStory 5.0.

How to Build a Great Screenplay: A Master Class in Storytelling for Film
This 464-page hardcover shows screenwriters how to build a story from the ground up. It covers such topics as: story arc, plotting, subplotting, characterization and much more.
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How to Build a Great Screenplay: A Master Class in Storytelling for Film.

Blueprint for Screenwriting: A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development
Written by author and international script consultant Dr. Rachel Ballon, Blueprint for Screenwriting helps screenwriters develop a "blueprint" of their script. The book covers outlining, treatments, synopses and formats.
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Blueprint for Screenwriting: A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development.

How to Write High Structure, High Concept Movies
This 184 page paperback shows you step-by-step how to write a structurally sound screenplay.
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How to Write High Structure, High Concept Movies.

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