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Hey everyone, I've been working on a continually evolving story for about the past eleven years off and on. I have several images, excel sheets, and word documents pertaining to various aspects of my story/world and I've finally reached a point in the story's progression where I'd like to organize events, characters, lore, back history, location information, etc. I was hoping that some suggestions could be offered regarding what writing software would be best suited for organizing a very deep and complex linear story. I did a search in the forums for writing software and didn't discover anything that adequately satisfied what I was looking for. I realize the post just below this one addressed a similar issue, but I'm not looking for freeware or shareware unless their is an application of sufficient quality in those categories. I don't mind spending a couple hundred dollars for a professional writing application as long as it accomplishes my writing objectives. I'm primarily looking for a writing application that can address the following issues: - Keep individualized records of story entities such as characters, technologies, locations, artifacts, etc. - Cross referencing via links that will allow me to check the relationships of story elements when particular elements are updated. - The ability to insert images, charts, spreadsheets, and even mov or avi files if possible. - Ideally, I would prefer an application with a master file or interface that allows me to access any aspect of the story/world without having to manually hunt down individual files. - An application that allows the quick addition of new entries. These are the basics, but I'm sure any additional features could be beneficial as well. I had considered organizing all of my documents with a website, but adding new sections, events, charachters, locations, etc. would take much longer than desired. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Matt

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There is a suggestion. It's right below your original post. A wiki would fulfill all the requirements that you set out in your original request:
  • Keep individualized records of story entities such as characters, technologies, locations, artifacts, etc.
    Each one could have its own page in a wiki.
  • Cross referencing via links that will allow me to check the relationships of story elements when particular elements are updated.
    That too is one of the features of a wiki.
  • The ability to insert images, charts, spreadsheets, and even mov or avi files if possible.
    Anything you can put on the web you could put into a wiki.
  • Ideally, I would prefer an application with a master file or interface that allows me to access any aspect of the story/world without having to manually hunt down individual files.
    Wikis do this too.
  • An application that allows the quick addition of new entries.
    Surprise, surprise. They do this too.

Sorry if this came across as a little harsh, but it seems to me that you've ignored a very good idea, not even dignifying it with a 'thanks for the suggestion'. If you're going to ask for help, at least be polite to those who offer it. A wiki may not be exactly what you want, but all we've got to go on is the things you've said you need it to do, and a wiki does those.

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Thanks guys. I'll check using a WIKI out. I've used them in the past for research and other tasks, but haven't ever actually created my own from scratch. I want implementation to be as simple as possible though so I can spend more time writing and compiling than setting up the technical aspects of the organizational structure. Maybe creating WIKI's is a lot more simple than I imagine though so I'll give it a try.

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