Outlining help with software

This evening I spent some time hunting for outlining tools online. I was interested only in outlining tools, but have included a few comprehensive programs


  • StoryRight – an online outlining tool which allows scene by scene outlines, character dossiers and plot summarise. Free

Software packages available for purchase

  • Text tree – downloadable outliner available for purchase. Demo available (17 uses only)
  • Idea Cruncher – software for organising ideas. Simple tree-like structure. Demo available (30 days)
  • StoryView, by Write Brothers, Inc – a rather enthusiastic Write Brothers program for outlining and brainstorming available for purchase. I tried this product several years ago. To be honest I didn’t find the interface particularly easy on the eye, but mostly the reviews have been good for this product. Demo available
  • DramaticaPro, Write Brothers, Inc -a comprehensive program for Mac and PC users that allows character creation, comprehensive plotting, brainstorming and more. DramaticaPro is a popular program with many writers, but it’s not for me. Demo available
  • Page Four – a clean looking program with plot outliner, character summaries and a simple word processor.
  • Writer’s Cafe – comprehensive software for writings with outlining and word processing capabilities. Demo available
  • My Novel – allows planning of a novel from the original idea, to characters, plot and chapter profiles and writing it. Demo available
  • Story Master Pro – plan and structure your novel with Story Master Pro. Demo available
  • Liquid Story Binder – wordprocessor and comprehensive plotting tool. Demo available
  • Story Planner

Templates (free)

I think I’ll stick with bullet points.


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7 Responses to Outlining help with software

  1. Shayne says:

    Hi Sharon

    I’ve been working on an outliner myself called Ume Outliner (http://www.getume.com) – it’s a free single pane outliner for Windows aimed at research and essay writing.

    I was kind of disappointed in the lack of single pane outliners so I built my own.

    Ume is in its infancy but I have a new version coming in January 2010


  2. Richard says:

    Sorry, that link got garbled yWriter is here … http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html

  3. Richard says:

    I think you should add yWriter to your list here. One of the best free writer’s programs available and superior to many commercial offereings. Written by a real writer/ programmer for real writers. Excellent in features, ease of use and speed of operation. If you havn’t tried it yet … you’re in for a treat!

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