Software Review: Character Writer 3.1 (Part two)

I did a review of Character Writer on April 14, 2010. If you’d like to read it, click here. After I posted the review, I found another feature I had missed. Because I used the trial version to test the product, I thought the feature was unavailable since it was grayed out. Though gray, I found by clicking a blue button which looks very similar to refresh, it puts the program in another mode. Okay…before I go further, program info from the website:

Great stories require great characters. Yet, it’s one of the hardest thing to pull off. Now there’s an easy and powerful way to develop your stories utilizing the Enneagram personality types like the professionals do.

Character Writer 3.1

Okay. 🙂 I mentioned in previous posts I’ve been looking for something to help plot stories. I am telling you people, this does it! It has a story generator feature which will plot the entire story for you. It even has some generic story lines if you go with the defaults. Don’t be generic, folks! Let the Character Writer suggestions help fuel your imagination, then customize the story to your taste. All you have to do is input your information and voila! You’ve got yourself a great outline. Word! It rocks.

The interface is great, pleasing to the eye, and self-explanatory. I highly recommend this for novice computer users. Once the user inserts all the information, there is the option to compile it into one document. This goes for both plotting and character creation.

I have to say I am very happy with this program. It’s well worth the investment. As always, don’t just take my word for it. Try it out for yourself here!

Software Review: Character Writer 3.1 (Part one)

I’ve been searching for software to suit my needs. In my goal to develop 3D characters, I decided to give Character Writer a try.  Quick summary of the program from the website.

Great stories require great characters. Yet, it’s one of the hardest thing to pull off. Now there’s an easy and powerful way to develop your stories utilizing the Enneagram personality types like the professionals do.

Character Writer 3.1

It’s actually a pretty neat program. It takes you through steps, asking you questions about your character. The program also makes suggestions for your characters in terms of behavior and goals. It even has a nifty little section for psychological disorders. It’s not all-inclusive. But as a psychology major, I found it pretty awesome.

Beyond the basic character personality and such, it also helps you form relationships between characters. Keep in mind that Character Writer offers guidelines and suggestions. If you want a paper box character, follow their suggestions to a T, but what fun would that be? I found it most helpful in creating supplemental characters (not main characters, though the questions and suggestions did get me thinking). I had an idea for a villain and inputted my information. The Character Writer did a pretty good job defining my villain character in the way I wanted.

Anyway, great program. It provides an excellent system to help a writer get to know his/her characters.

It’s a free download to try before you buy.

Character Writer has a section for plotting also. I’ll give my review of that hopefully next week. If not then, then soon.