PowerStructure Software

Power Structure™ is the first story development software for creative writers who have a story that they want to tell, and who simply want a better "place" to do it.

Power Structure™ contains no complicated forms to fill out. You do not need to learn new theories of story or hidden language. Instead, PowerStructure conforms to you and your creative process. Its nine distinctive story views give you a Playground of the Mind™ where you discover, expand and structure your writing.

You can immediately jump from analyzing the smallest aspect of your story to viewing a complete picture and overview of your story. PowerStructure lets you graphically track conflicts, subplots, characters and themes.

You will find other story development software programs, but PowerStructure is different. Power Structure is designed to help you use your existing skills as a writer to tell your stories better, and to give you tools to help you learn about your own weaknesses as a writer and overcome them yourself.

Power Structure will motivate you to think about your story fundamentals and character development in a fresh, powerful way. The Playground of the Mind™ feature provides you with innovative, graphic methods of looking at your story, its conflicts, character development, plot lines, and other story elements so that you can spot weakness in your story and immediately strengthen them. It will let you write the way you want, allowing you to create scenes in any order you want.

Story / Theme View

In the Story View, you can explore your important story concepts. You can plan out a synopsis, or think about your side stories, or write the particular concept of your story. You can modify category names in a drop-down list, as well as add, delete or revise the central categories.

You can write as much or as little text as you like, from a few words to forty pages. Story / Theme View feature is designed to spark your story ideas and jumpstart your creativity.

Characters View

The Characters View lets you explore your characters. It will help you figure out your characters' background, their strengths and weaknesses, their past and future, and how they mature and evolve in your story.

You can fill in as much or as little as you want. You can think about how each character's strengths and weaknesses affects their changing roles and importance in your story. You can think about your characters' motives, what they dream and desire, how their behaviors change at different plot points, how their desires change, and how your characters evolve.

3 Act Structure

The great Greek philosopher Aristotle created the basic 3 Act Structure of dramatic storytelling over two thousand years ago. Not only do all screenwriters still use the 3 Act Structure, but it also perfectly fits into other modes of storytelling, such as Joseph Christopher Vogler's Hero's Journey.

Power Structure brings these ancient concepts into today's writing styles and storytelling techniques, helping you to structure your stories with strong Acts and vibrant characters.

Sequences or Chapter View

When you look at any story from the top down, you will notice it starts with a Theme or Premise that encompasses the entire story. Beneath that level, you may find Aristotle's Three Act Structure.

Under that level, you will find a Chapter (if you were writing a novel); a Sequence, Scene, or TV / Stage Play Act (if you were writing for film, television or the stage); or a Journey Stage (if you were working using the ideas of Hero's Journey).

Apart from of what we call it, this Sequence allows you to cluster together a series of Story Beats. PowerStructure's Sequences asks you practical questions to aid you in making sure that you create a Chapter or Sequence with strong focus and story movement.

Story Beats / Scenes / Plot Points

Whatever terminology you use to define basic units of a story, you can focus on looking at the "trees" rather than the forest. Although the graphic above refers to them as "scenes," we are call them Story Beats.

The Story Beat window helps you focus on the scenes in your story, providing a short description of each story beat. Underneath each one you will find detailed items where you can introduce, amplify and resolve conflicts; explore how this Story Beat affects the characters in the story; examine how this Story Beat relates to bigger themes in your story.

Conflict Overview

Power Structure uses a proven paradigm of conflict between characters. Power Structure allows you to see your story's conflicts as a graph, so you can visually see how they progress, peak and resolve themselves. At a glance, you can see if you are creating too many events at one moment, or if a part in your story is dull. The Conflict Overview tool is more than an analysis tool; you can do "live" editing of your conflicts, assign different tension levels, rearrange specific Story Beats (scenes).

Full Screen Word Processor View

Within the Word Processor View, you can create new story beats (scenes), edit existing ones, change their one line text descriptions--e.g. "Mexico is the gateway to freedom"--remove story beats, and navigate your scenes by pressing the Up or Down arrow keys.

In the Word Processor View you can write as much text as you need, from a single line to a hundreds of pages in one Story Beat. You can write scraps of dialogue or whole scenes, or just write down rough notes and thoughts.

Index Card View

Index Cards help you dissect and structure your stories. You can categorize and arrange story beats and plot points on custom-colored index cards to help you flesh out your story and navigate its progression.

This 90-second video quickly shows you the highlights of Power Structure.
This ten-minute video walks you through each Power Structure tab and shows you how to build a Power Structure file from scratch.

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