About StoryBuilder

Where Every Great Story Begins

StoryCAD is a unique tool in the world of fiction writing, offering a free and open-source story outline editor. Born from the original StoryBuilder, a commercial program developed in the mid-1990s, it was embraced by over 3,300 writers for crafting compelling fiction. After years of supporting StoryBuilder while managing a day job, a complete rewrite was initiated upon retirement. In 2021, embracing a new direction, StoryBuilder evolved into StoryCAD, now enriched by a community of contributors and developers.

Our Impact

A trusted tool among fiction writers and creative minds.
Widely adopted across various countries for storytelling and educational purposes.
Aiding a vast network of institutions in nurturing the art of storytelling.

Our Vision

To unlock the storytelling potential in writers worldwide, providing them with the tools to bring their imaginative worlds to life.

Our Mission

To offer a comprehensive, user-friendly story outline editor that supports writers in transforming their ideas into captivating stories.

Our Values

  • Fostering Imagination: We’re committed to sparking creativity, offering writers the freedom to explore and express their narratives.
  • Pioneering in Fiction Writing: Our platform is ever-evolving, meeting the ever-changing landscape of fiction writing.
  • Demystifying Story Creation: We aim to make storytelling approachable and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their experience level.
  • Cultivating Community: At our core is a strong community of storytellers, supported by resources like detailed guides and example outlines.
  • Promoting Narrative Diversity: We advocate for diverse storytelling, recognizing the unique importance of every writer’s voice and story.

“…Much slicker [than comparable programs.]”

Fiction Writer

“…Takes you step by step through what you should have learned in college.”


This is Storybuilder’s story - what’s yours?

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