Tech Tools for Writers: Creatavist

A writer armed with the right technology is a force to be reckoned with. If you’re an author who’s learned to embrace the Digital Age, it’s probably dawned on you that the Internet is a friendly place for wordsmiths. Sure, there are the myriad distractions fighting for our eyeballs (and precious time!) across the social media networks. Perhaps you’ve had to fine-tune your concentration powers to block out the incessant notifications and buzzing of your smartphone.

Yet, we’d argue writers have plenty more to gain than lose from digital innovation. The web is bubbling over with resources for the curious, tech-hungry author. Here at the Writers Circle, we’d like to acquaint you with newly launched tech tools that can make your life a whole lot easier.

Stories don’t have to fit within rigid confines. Digital tools allow you to bring your words to life with vivid imagery and accompanying audio. Creatavist is a beautiful collision of storytelling and digital innovation.

Creatavist recognizes that powerful stories can be told through a blend of text, images, audio and video. The emphasis is on multimedia. Writers with a flair for aesthetics will find Creatavist an ideal medium for producing and publishing great stories.

You can use Creatavist to publish an ebook, a magazine issue, a news report, a case study. You can even use it to create an app. Giants such as The Wall Street Journal and The Paris Review have already taken advantage of it to publish a variety of work. Creatavist’s slogan is “Storytelling without limits,” and the catchphrase certainly sums up what you experience in the final product. Here’s a great example of a magazine-style Creatavist story, and another sample story that seamlessly ties together text and audio.

If your interest is piqued, get started by creating a free account. At no cost you can test out the Creatavist landscape by publishing one story. You’ll have access to 150 MB of storage and the ability to publish to the Creatavist app and website. If you have an ebook in mind, you can output the file and sell it on any major e-reader platform.

If you want to step things up a notch, at $10/month you can produce an unlimited number of multimedia projects, use your own domain name, and output as many ebooks as your heart desires. You’ll receive plenty more storage space than the free version (5 GB) and all your stories will be password-protected. Most writers will probably find the $10 monthly subscription fits their storytelling needs.

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