Dramatica Pro is a seriously clever piece of novel writing software. For many of you, though, its very cleverness will be its biggest disadvantage.
Am I saying you should cross Dramatica Pro off your shopping list right here and now? Absolutely not. You just need to be aware of what you might be letting yourself in for.
How you answer that question will determine whether this is right for you or not.
If you are interested in finding some software that will hold you by the hand while you plan your novel, and then offer a simple word processing environment for the writing and editing, you should stop reading this review now.
If you are ambitious and don't mind spending the next month or two getting to grips with the "Rolls Royce" of writer's software, keep reading...
Brace yourself for Dramatica Theory...
Dramatica Pro is not so much a great piece of writing software - though it certainly is - as an entirely new literary theory.
Well, maybe not "entirely new" - it still essentially resembles just about every other storytelling theory ever devised (including all the information here at Novel Writing Help). Nevertheless, it goes pretty deep, meaning there will be a lot of new terminology to learn and plenty of fresh concepts to wrap your head around.
(A few of you will find this prospect exciting. Many more of you, I imagine, will already have stopped reading.)
Now, this really isn't the place to go into the details of how the software works and what it will do for you as a writer, but you will get an idea of its scope when I tell you that it comes with the following "accessories"...
Like I said at the top, this is seriously clever stuff. Dramatica Pro covers the 4 cornerstones of storytelling - plot, character, theme, place - in amazing depth and detail, and it will undoubtedly help you to write a richer and more complex novel.
But here is the thing: You will only get out of the software what you put in to it - and I'm afraid it demands that you put a lot in.
By this stage I've either piqued your curiosity or got you running a mile. If you are still here, you can learn more by visiting the Dramatica website (opens in new window).
When you get there, be sure to look out for the following...