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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Shoutout: New Writing Software

A few years ago I played with the idea of writing fantasy. In my search for information I ran across (and purchased) The Marshall Plan Workbook : Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish By Evan Marshal. It was very helpful but sadly, due of course to no fault of the book, I found that I just didn't have the self-discipline to write.

Anyway, I got a very nice email from Evan Marshal today. It went as follows:

Hi, Evan Marshall here.

I’ve been enjoying your blog. Thank you for recommending my book The Marshall Plan® Workbook. I’m delighted that you’ve found it helpful.

For many years now, writers have been asking me to turn my Marshall Plan® system into software. I’m pleased to say now that I’ve just done that. The downloadable software, The Marshall Plan® for Novel Writing Template Generator, has just been released and is available for download on at www.marshall-plan.com/software.htm. The program completely automates the template-creating process I outlined in The Marshall Plan ® for Novel Writing and The Marshall Plan® Workbook.

Your readers might be interested to know that in order to ensure that the software be as faithful to my system as possible, I learned programming and programmed the software myself. It took me three years, but I am happy to say that initial responses from writers are very positive. For more information, please visit www.marshall-plan.com/software.htm (where there is an overview of how the software works).

Have a great day.

With warmest wishes,


I was tickled enough to agree to give a shout out about his new product. If you are a writer or an aspiring writer, it might be worth a look! I will also be trying out the software myself so I'll let you know in a few days what I think.

My thanks to Evan Marshal for both the kind words and the personal attention.

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  1. I can't hold a story long enough for a novel. Short stories often work. Occasionally I can hold things together for a novelette or novella, but not a novel. Not even close {rueful smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. That is what is neat about this program (I played around with it for a few minutes) it holds it together for you. Basically it is a detailed outline and if you follow it, it helps guide you through the process, has a place for everything and it would be real hard to get lost. That is just a first impression though, I'll play with it some more later :)

  3. I'm not sure I can write to such a specific structure. I tend not to know exactly where the story is going until I'm at the end. My stories tend to change direction markedly at unexpected plot twists. I don't have a good enough view of the system to have an idea how well it handles that sort of thing. {Smile}

    Still, it does look like a fun toy, and probably a useful tool if used correctly. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin


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