StorYBook gets in the way of plotting fiction

Some people imagine that they could write a novel if only they had the right tool. StorYBook aims to be that tool, but falls short. The problem is not that StorYBook is poorly organized, or that its timeline and reports don't come in handy. Rather, the problem is that StorYBook has such a rigid structure that it is likely to fit only a minority of writers' plotting needs. For others, living with the rigidity and searching for ways around it is only likely to distract from planning and make it a chore rather than a creative thrill.

Released under the third version of the GNU General Public License, StorYBook is a dedicated Java database that works well with OpenJDK 6, the free version of Java shipped with distributions such as Fedora 9. Documentation for installation is available on the project Web site, but you are unlikely to need it, since StorYBook installs in a matter of seconds from a shell script.

To use StorYBook for the first time, you create a new project and name it. Later, if you prefer, you can change the application's opening behavior from File -> Preferences, so that it opens on the last saved project, or simply on the editing window.