- BANISHES WRITER’S BLOCK BY SIMPLIFYING THE ACTUAL WRITING PROCESS ~ StoryCraft not only guides you through the entire process of creating and developing your stories, but also offers quick access to your word processor for each stage of your story so that you can quickly record your ideas — no interruptions, no delays, no excuses.
- PERFECTS YOUR STORY’S PREMISE ~ Using StoryCraft, your basic story idea easily becomes a concise Story Concept that will form the solid foundation on which you’ll build your story.
- ESTABLISHES THE IDEAL CATEGORY FOR YOUR STORY ~ Once you have your Story Concept, StoryCraft leads you almost effortlessly towards the decision of which Story Category (action, character, or epic) to use to develop precisely the kind of story you most need and want to write.
- MATCHES YOUR STORY WITH A TIME-PROVEN PATTERN SO YOUR STORY’S OUTLINE SITS CLEARLY IN YOUR MIND’S EYE ~ StoryCraft identifies 18 basic patterns, or Types, of stories that all the great myths and literary classics fall under, and results in a clear sense of the outline of your story — based upon your particular choice of Story Type — throughout the entire writing process.
- BUILDS COMPELLING CHARACTERS AND WORLDS ~ StoryCraft guides you through the creation of your story’s main characters and their helpers as well as the worlds that they populate, prompting you to describe the precise elements necessary for main characters of stories of your Concept, Category, and Type.
HOW IT WORKS
Stage I. Story Concept
The initial story idea is turned into a concise, summarizing concept. Often neglected by writing teachers, the Story Concept is the basic premise that forms the foundation of every well-developed story.
Stage II. Story Category
The underlying purpose of the story is formulated. No other program so clearly encourages the writer to clarify the story’s “moral direction.” Every story ever written falls under one of two Categories: (1) Action stories, which focus primarily on the plot, the action; (2) Theme stories, which focus primarily on the learning experiences of the main character.
Stage III. Story Type
The overall pattern of the story is determined. Remarkably, every piece of high-quality fiction can be grouped into 22 fairly distinct Types (for example, “Capture and Escape Stories,” “Love Stories,” “Revenge Stories,” “Coming of Age Stories”). More basic than mere genres, these Types define the essence of the story and determine its overall pattern.
Stage IV. World Creation
The main characters, their helpers, and their Worlds are given life. The Goal of the Hero… The Hero’s personality…strengths…weaknesses… The Antagonist’s motivations… The Environment of the Hero… The Environment of the Antagonist… The Allies… The Shape-changers… The Gate-guardians… all are carefully developed.
Stage V. Story Creation
The structure steps for the particular story are presented and each step is completed. Every great story shares 12 fundamental steps of structure, each dependent upon the story’s Concept, Category, and Type. In StoryCraft, the story you want to write is matched with its unique set of Structure Steps. Your task is to fill in each step with the Characters and Environments you’ve developed in World Creation, adding plot twists and developing the story according roughly to its unique pattern.
Throughout the program Online Tutors offer invaluable writing advice as well as instant tech support (in addition to the company’s own outstanding tech support).