Character Creation Software for Writers

Authoring Software

Each prompt gives you a character, a setting, and a plot outline. When it shines, it's in character building. When you have a universe, try to create one or two characters for your main characters. These are suggestions that will help you discover your characters and your story. So other than language, stories have storylines and characters.

Character development and organization tools

User-defined metadata in Scrivener. In Scrivener, you can create some user-defined boxes. Refer to the "Custom Metadata" tab at the bottom of the Inspektor (it looks like a small tag). Here is a picture I added some squares to: Click the Toothed wheel icon to select it. They can also see these boxes in the outline:

If you want, you can insert several subparagraphs in the boxes, but I favour sub-documents. Areas appear in all documents. Probably you don't want user-defined drawing boxes in your plot border and the other way around, so you can keep the signs in a seperate projec. Restricted relationship assistance.

You can' t just simply attach relations from one letter to another with this user-defined Meta Data function. On my silhouette you can see a straightforward relation, but it's just a textbox. Relations via wikis. In the course of my life I found out that I could build the relations I needed as "wiki" hyperlinks from one Scrivener document to another.

I would have to process both documents to reflect the new relation. Relational documents. I often make a Scrivener document for the relation for important relations. I' ve put the "Relationship document" in the most important one. That gives me a place where I can give all the detail about a relation.

So long as the relationship (who refers to whom) is reasonably solid, it works well. but it was much more adaptable to organize things. It' remembered that it permitted random relations between the maps. So why not just keep text or document created in any text editor?

I am 32 years old and have been working on a computer since I was 18, so I have spent about 14 years building characters and educational materials for different planets. If you decide to pack your characters or your global information into a monthly piece of code, the problem is that it tends to save your information in a user-defined base or a shallow fileseen.

While you are writing more and more and years go by, put yourself in a situation where, if the file formats of the application you are using are not readily portable to a newer application, you may suddenly find yourself in a situation where your old files are hard to get to because your OS has been changing, your old application is not supported and nobody has taken the trouble to create a simple file transfer pathway for YOUR application, whatever the new thing is, because it was such a nook.

Choosing a nomenclature and keeping text or text processing data on your disk or your cluster disk in a certain order will help protect you against these types of problems. Because text processing programs are generally so common, you know that there will always be a way to change text file or text processing document to another file size, and it probably won't be too expensive.

However, if you begin using truly customized softwares, you could later be in a frustrated situation with your world building and character information. Or.... They may not be technically and have nothing against migrating it. I am technically and not scared of having around a lot of softwares and frankly I still think they are a pain in the ass and it takes a lot of work.

I prefer to waste my spare minute typing rather than sort my information and put it into a new one. All I wanted was something to think about before you or someone tries to choose a piece of code that thinks it works miracles for the write-proces. Typing really comes down to words on a page... fantastic databases are often good timeswasters but can divert you from actually typing, and in the long run your old dates can make complicated if you want it later.

In Scrivener, there are functions that can be used for this, especially in the form of masters. All of your custom note pads can be stored in one single document and used as a model for other people. Or if you want to have them in individual directories, you can make a directory for each glyph, but you may have to copy each glyph for each new glyph by hand (can be as easy as an options drag).

What's most important is the relationship between the different personalities. PRETENT WELL CHECK: it allows you to set up folders and subfolders to organise your information as you like, and it allows you to set up folders with or without text (as "pages", as KeepNote names them, they can also contain subpages). Checking: Simply add another page (as a brother or sister or kid to an already created page) into which you can insert the information.

You can probably do it with a plug-in, and Import Folder Tree looks quite a promise, at least as a point of departure, but it's not out of the Box. They can create a seperate page or a subset of pages for relations they describe, and KeepNote does full-text searching, but there is no indigenous help for something like this that I know of.

KeepNote is a neat thing about that it stores its contents as HTML spreadsheets along with some meta datasheets in a basic filesystem folder tree, so backing up your work, working with the spreadsheets in different programs etc. is common. Here is a little glimpse of Charahub.com.

It is a website designed for authors and performers to save and/or split their personalities in a single place. There is a 100 sign limitation on free account registrations. You can earn extra personalities by recommendation. Allows you to split glyphs into user-defined groups. CHARA-HUB will set your profile as official by defaults, but it's simple to use.

I' ve tried this special function by looking for my people. If you have your profile turned to Concealed or Personal, your profile will no longer be available for search. The' Links' pane is a versatile way to build relations between your people. Charahub does not include the functions you were looking for: Possibility to add new question and/or category.

Possibility to insert video and/or text directly into the file. All functions related to third-party authoring tools such as Scrivener. Unlimited customization, the most free account is a hundred chars. $3/mo golden account is 250 chars, 25 images/characters with a maximal picture file length of 1024KB, no advertising and prioritization suppor.

I' m looking for similar softwares and would like to know if you found anything since you asked this one. All I found in my quest was a program named VriteItNow. As for what you were looking for, what I learnt about WordItNow from their demo (which, by the way, doesn't allow you to store.... so I didn't get that far into the software):

Like Scrivener, it seems to be project-based.... so each player has his own page, but it's all in a separate workfile. Unlike Scrivener, where the scrivener is really a directory, the WriteItNow.wnwx is only a simple WriteItNow.wnwx document.... so it would probably be good policy to regularly extract the files from the document..... just in case.

The program creates an empty template for each new person, with personality characteristics index cards, an image, relationships and writing detail. In the" Details" page for a particular letter, you can refer to data sets, web sites and other information within the projects by selecting " Links" from the left hand area. You can also printout the diagrams that it can create (for example, the relationships graph).

Enables infinite relations and relation categories, as far as I can tell. Allows you to create user-defined relations. It also creates a relations graph. Here is a screen shot of the tab Characters: Scrivener meets your needs almost completely, if not at all. It' has a very good system to comprehend and keep up with your character.

I also think it's great piece of softwares to build and compose your own storylines. I' d suggest trying yWriter. yWriter is a full-fledged typing utility, similar to Scrivener. Allows you to generate a summary of your personality, and it can follow a character's progression through the storyline to see which scene and chapter they appear in.

I just wanted to talk about The Novel Factory, because the pursuit of the protagonists was one of the major factors why it was made. Disclaimer - I am the author of this piece of music. You can see a screen shot of the character overview area in which you can see a listing of all your character with the most important information:

You can then open each of the characters' maps and write a ton more details about each of them: You can use different patterns to trigger your own personality development: Scrivener' is the great one I would suggest. He had some comment taking practicality and drawing practicality with it and it has a cute prize point of being free.

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