"[StoryCraft Software is] the best story-development tool on the market today..."
Charles Deemer, ACE Award-winning playwright and webmaster, Screenwriter's and Playwright's Home Page (For full review, click here.)
program was designed to teach perfect, pure
storytelling.... And, it delivers exactly that,
helping writers to take a mere idea and make it
into a full, living breathing story."
"It's not hard to
figure out why it's become a standard.... I've
encountered a lot of people who use StoryCraft and
rave about it, and I recommend it...."
Press, Insider's Guide to Hollywood
Producers, Directors, and Screenwriter's
"The program is
extremely easy to use and is well constructed. The
user has only to follow the steps outlined in the
tutorials that appear with each section, and they
are well on their way to creating their
And: "StoryCraft...allows your creative juices to
B. Griffith, Editor-in-Chief, Screenwrite
is...easy to use, well organized, and has very
helpful tutors.... I was very pleased with its user
friendliness and found no glitches."
Cearley, Writer's Workshop
Method...has been the accepted standard for
And: "[StoryCraft writer's software] works
Dale, Writers' Journal
And here are a few more extraordinary commendations from among the literally hundreds of laudatory
compliments that have, over the years, been given
to StoryCraft writer's software and
The Jarvis Method:
writer's software is frequently mentioned
or reviewed in Writer's
Digest. It was
writing for Writer's
in the December 1994 issue, who was among
the first major reviewers to take
seriously the then-revolutionary program.
And in the
popular national writers' magazine
Journal, software reviewer
states succinctly that StoryCraft writer's
software is "a story processing program
that works like magic."
And in the
overview of writer's software
StoryCraft writer's software was among the
highest rated software programs for
In the Fiction Writer magazine, Keir Graff notes that "Writer John Jarvis's amalgamation of the teachings of Aristotle, Joseph Campbell, Lajos Egri, Rudyard Kipling and others recognizes the equal, intertwining importance of five distinct elements of fiction -- concept, category, type, components, and structure...[and the software] lays out your choices in these categories step by step." Graff pictures Hollywood execs using StoryCraft even for evalating films: "Though you can use his guidelines to create a novel or a screenplay, one pictures a bunch of Hollywood execs using this type of material as a checklist, much as Joseph Campbell's works are often used: There must be a quest, a helper, a mentor, a nemesis, etc."
Graff also marvels at how the software improved his own work: "It did do interesting things to my story. Reviewing the character archetypes presented to me, I felt my buddy tale seemed unbalanced and [I] added a love interest.... In StoryCraft parlance, Julie...is the antagonist, for she spurs the change in Travis.... Hank is the gate guardian because he warns Travis off from his goals...." Working within "the narrow parameters of the Jarvis method made me feel my story was more manageable."
a review by Patti
in the prestigious
magazine, observes the way in
which StoryCraft "forces tight writing
which is what keeps a story moving and
interesting." Dr. Cearley states further:
delivers and [I] give it a
thumbs up. The tutors give you the nuts
and bolts to put your story together,
and it's a flexible program enabling
different treatments and different
types of stories...."
top-rated, nationally syndicated computer
column of Universal
Press Syndicate - On
- poignantly noted that, as a
learning tool, StoryCraft writer's
software "is closer than [its leading
competitor] to what most people expect
from a writing instruction program!" Says
program takes you through the creation
of a completed work of fiction. This
will not be somebody else's work of
fiction but a story you...write!"
In the prestigious PC Magazine's overview of writer's software programs, it is emphasized that "StoryCraft is far less complicated to use than they [all the other programs] are -- and has a much lower price tag."
remarkable review from the
Screenwriter, the reviewer was particularly
struck by the sheer volume of information
contained in the StoryCraft writer's
Nightmare Express: The Newsletter for
StoryCraft writer's software
"provide[s] computer users with
the capability of writing a complete,
sophisticated story. Story writing, it
appears, has finally entered the 20th
StoryCraft has been one of the most
reviewed and talked-about writer's
software programs around, including top
endorsements from Skip Press in his bible
of screenwriters' reference books,
Guide, and from John Scott Lewinski in
his review column for the prestigious
publication of the
Association, the editors observed that
StoryCraft writer's software is "an ideal
program," especially "for those who desire
a more structured look at writing."
Indeed, StoryCraft virtually forces its
users to sit down and write rather than to
grope haphazardly for a story.
Carolina Writers' Network's The
News, the editor writes, in
writers not just to type and process
words, but also to create and structure
whole stories, a story-processing
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