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Marshall Plan Roman Writing Software reviewed by Lon Prater
London Prater has been kind enough to write a feature about Marshall Plan's new writing software. Towards the end of October 2013 I received a free copy of the Marshall Plan Novel Writing Software (Mac version) for verification. BackgroundMy first time I was put out to the Marshall Plan as a series of highly useful resources by Evan Marshall, a writer and assistant.
You have one volume focused on writing your novel, the second on sales. Both ledgers have a bunch of fleshy, useful things wrapped up in them. Although for designers about "pants", there is still a great deal of precious technology that can be learnt in these textbooks, as well as crisp good information about the sales shop and careers page of what you do.
I have read no less than eight or nine of these volumes over the years. The most specific aspect of the Marshall Plan is a break-down of how many sequences a certain length should have in a given chapter, with some extra considerations about the gender, and how the points of view should be spread over these three.
For example, a 70K suspense/crime novel would be divided into 56 parts, with so many from the perspective of leadership, opposition and romance involvement - each in a certain (but not restrictively rigid) order. Interpreting an action with these stricture will probably smother the committed explorer (as Randy Ingermanson's fractal-based and mostly useful snowflake method for clueless pants is known), but don't let the value of the Marshall plan influence you if he is extended from the sequence by scenic detail.
There' s just as much useful information in the plan when it comes to the entire bow of your storyline, backstory, etc. SoftwareFor those who appreciate the detail levels of the Marshall Plan, the software will probably be very attractive. As I know, I took the opportunity to check the programme, which is just about how much I admire the ledger.
This software was expected to be equivalent to Scrivener or WriteWay Pro (both I have used over the years). If I say "on equality", let me spelt out my expectation: a tool that would help me organise and plan and shape my novel, and give me a natural text editing feature that would allow me to type the novel in paragraphs that are bound to my outlines.
Marshall Plan Novel Writing software meets all my new design and sketching requirements, but it doesn't have a feature to write and save paragraphs within the application itself, and it doesn't have a special space to store your research and notepad-idea. With so much less features than similar write-based applications, you'd think it would be much less expensive than Scrivener or WriteWay Pro.
For this software, the actual and stable cost was $149.00. For so much cash, I thought it would be a hell of a sophisticated bike, a slim, new type of design joy developed in Germany. In fact, I mean, the selling material even says, "It's virtually writing your novel for you," and who wouldn't want that kind of work?
I' ve been looking for evidence of that luxurious application feeling, an indication of what this programme is really a bruise and the only thing I can find as a cause is, as the fun kykins say today: In keeping with its promise, the software will automate the complex editing and structuring features in the Marshall Plan's unique proportion.
You can also repeat a keyword from the textbooks in scrolling consultation screens. Although the whole work is not contained, only summarizing sections about structures, formation of characters, cut and career. For me they let out the best part of the script, the parts, the technique for clearness and how to deal with exposure, dialog, etc.) There is also an elaborate listing of characters names and means.
Small complaintsThe software for me for several small and a big reason feel incomplete. Arrows to open and shut parts of the programme felt cheap and small; they needed focus to click them in. One of the early and most important stages in designing your novel with this software is when you choose the overall length you are going to strive for.
It gives a whole host of useful information about average values for a genre and so on, in perhaps a little more granular than the manageable 2010 Colleen Lindsay's The Swivet mail, which everyone loves to miss. In order to be honest, the software issues a message. This means that once you have defined a length of words, the programme creates a hit and reaction scene table and tells you which ones to look at from a certain point of position and which ones to use.
There will also be room reserved for you to take note of what will be happening in each of these paragraphs. However, if in the course of writing - or even styling - you find that this is really more of a 70K novel than the 90K novel you thought would back up your ideas, you have two options:
It is possible to launch a brand-new structure data record (because this application does not really have a text processing software installed ) in the software and painstakingly extract all your memos for each section and insert them into the new structure data record. If you know that you are losing what you have stored as memos for multiple paragraphs, you can modify the other one.
I think that every possibility seems like a waste of my own valuable resources, which should better be used to write this first one. For me this would be a deal killer, even if the programme costs less than a happy meal. The WrapupI began to evaluate this programme from a very encouraging and promising place. And I was thrilled to get a copy of the software to try out.
Till the software has more functions, more polishing, allows to change the length of the novel without loosing dates, and does not take so much time, I cannot suggest it to anyone who has no cash to write (a scarce novelist's descriptor) and has exceptional trust that he can tell every novel-in-a-text.
This means that if you have not studied the Marshall Plan for writing your novel, I cannot strongly enough suggest this work.