Use the intelligent outliner that writes the story you want to write,
without wasting your time on random and meaningless responses.


Robert Towne, the screenwriter of Chinatown once said:

"A movie is really only four or five moments between two people. The rest exists to give those moments their impact."

Subtxt helps you define the subtext of that conversation:

(regardless of whether it's a movie, a TV show, a novel, a play, or a video game)

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so it can convert that argument into this:

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Subtxt transforms the intent and meaning of your story into an actionable outline that tells you what should happen thematically in each and every Act.

And then AI transforms that outline into meaningful storytelling.

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(i.e., it writes your story for you)

Add to that cutting-edge AI text-generation from OpenAI, and you have an entire development studio at your fingertips.

Just gotta say, having the AI help flesh out character arcs and having it all neatly displayed in one a series of tools in one's arsenal unparalleled in all my time as a writer and filmmaker.

It's just such a great, clear guide to help keep one's writing on track so you can focus on the creative writing part.

John Dusenberry

Head of Story, Warner Animation Group


Powered by GPT-3

The world's leading natural language system

The hardest thing for any writer is to be objective about their own work. You can turn to friends, or your agent, but even their notes are prone to subjective bias and interpretation.

Subtxt is the always on/always available writing mentor.

Just without the ego.

Generate Story Ideas

Stuck on a particular Storypoint? Ask Subtxt to suggest ideas that work with your story's theme.

Intelligent Subtext

Missing something? Have Subtxt explain to you the meaning behind why you feel that way, and what to do about it.

Random Storytelling

Writer's rooms are organized chaos. Crowd-source and digitize that, and you 1000x the same experience.

Summarize Storybeats

You've done all the work, now let Subtxt summarize what you've written to make it easier to outline.

Powerful Narrative Engine

Based on what it is you want to say, Subtxt predicts what should happen in each and every Act.

Learn While You Write

More than a collaborator, Subtxt AI teaches you how to write more complete and meaningful stories as you write.

The Singularity

Bringing the fun back

Subtxt AI combines the chaotic serendipity of complex language models with a proven framework for writing complete and meaningful stories.

Jim Hull, founder of Narrative First and lead developer, explains:

What is GPT-3?

GPT-3 is an AI system from OpenAI that produces natural language. OpenAI is an AI research and development company whose mission is to ensure that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity.

OpenAI is committed to developing AI safely and responsibly, which can only mean great things for you as a storyteller.

It seems to me that Subtxt is really something groundbreaking, it helps so much with understanding and with the process of writing and it's even a little scary the way it predicts your intuition in storytelling! I keep thinking: "is it just me or is this as revolutionary as it I think it is?!

Really well done on making something so cool!

Rory Walsh


Please stop reading my mind. You know this is serious when you read something the AI gives to you and you start getting emotional and applauding.

Irvaxis AcidFire

"Jim - I’m only five minutes in - this is pure magic. Has to be."

Shashank Mishra

i am absolutely paralyzed by the possibilities. not only do i feel like the paragraphs it spits out would make for fantastic bases for a story on their own, but i can suddenly see like a billion different directions i could take the argument, and hypothetically, it could be as long, or even as ridiculous sounding, as i like.


I ran this on my storyform for Scream (2022), and it describes the climatic moment of the movie so closely that I feel like it would be too spoilery to post it. This is very exciting stuff! Can’t wait to dive into my current story with this tomorrow.

Brandon Ney

I found this to be very beautiful...I was pondering about the Relationship Throughline and what it meant as far as being the "relationship of everything in the story", ...and I feel it finally clicked when I saw this as it really brought to light the subtext fuelling all the relationships in my story, it simply made sense...I see the Relationship Throughline connecting, or rather, bridging the various different players of the most diverse storyforms.

J.G. Salazar

I want to say and this might be my own biases coming up...this tool is absolutely nuts. It's like having your own personal universe that responds uniquely to your desires. It gives me a boost in confidence that makes me think "i can really do this!" and get really hyped about both the results and the work that will follow.


This is witchcraft. First click of the robot button EVER...I'm genuinely shaking a bit in amazement.

Georgina Green

More astoundingly accurate/profound Ai illlustrations from one of the short stories I'm feels like it's read my mind, cutting to the emotional core of what I want to write.

John Dusenberry
Head of Story, Warner Animation Group

Wow. What the actual F


The AI-generated zombie story developed in this demo was not only compelling as a story, but went in unexpected, intriguing directions. i.e. It didn't seem to be a mere rehash of common zombie stories. Brilliant work.


I love these features, Jim! It helps me move my story forward as though I have a writing partner.

Judith Nutkis

It's literally impossible to get stuck on plot now. There's never going to be a "What happens next?" question popping up in my mind.”

J.G. Salazar

Okay, I just received a SCARY accurate response from the Subtext AI in regard to the transformation of the relationship between the main two players of that portion of the story, and how it ends.

Delvin Wolf

What I find highly enjoyable about Subtxt is, developing my story in one hermeneutical circle after the other, spiraling upwards towards more and more understanding what this story should be about. It's really phenomenal, especially with the AI, giving me more and more insights and inspiration.”

Iris Marmulla

I'm still loving this; it's making me realize that I really haven't had clear ideas about my characters, and I don't think I would have believed it if anyone had told me! Subtxt is forcing me to think about where I want a story to go and who the characters really are in my mind. And that's the fun part about writing, especially when you can feel confident that the choices you make aren't going to lead to a confusing jumbled mess of a dead-end!

Summer Doucet

And by the way, yes! now that i'm getting the hang of it this is the most excited i've been about software since i learned the Adobe suite!

Krys Abrams

Some see story like this:

Others see story like this:

Subtxt sees story like this:

This is INSANE. In the nearly ten something years I've tried to learn Dramatica, the AI stuff has been the most game-changing thing yet. Especially in terms of helping me understand the MC throughline. Can't stress enough how much it's helped me understand what this is supposed to look like AND give me fresh ideas of how to explore it. Holy jeez...Don't know how often I've said it, but what you've built in Subtxt is unreal. Incredible. 👏 👏 👏 Amazing work!

Jay Hayward


What It Does

Set your intent.

Then step back.

Subtxt takes this:

"Greed leads to self-destruction"

and returns this:

Act 1: This should happen...

  • Scene 1: Then this should happen...
  • Scene 2: And because of that, then this happens...
  • Scene 3: Which means this should happen...
  • Scene 4: Until finally, this should happen.

In short, Subtxt takes what it is you want to say with your story and then converts it into a list of thematic Storybeats consistent with your message.

You still have to write the whole thing yourself, but now you have an intelligent outline to challenge your imagination.

It's like having an objective writing partner always ready to take your call.

The One Assumption

Have something to say.

Subtxt only works if:

a) you believe, like Robert Towne (the screenwriter of Chinatown), that stories are four or five moments between two characters--and that these conversations are dramatic arguments meant to convey greater meaning

b) you appreciate there is a benefit to an orderly argument

If you don't buy into this idea of story as dramatic argument or you believe story structure to be completely chaotic, then Subtxt is not for you.

How It Works

It's all about projection.

Subtxt is a model of human psychology.

While there are a complicated set of algorithms behind Subtxt, the basic idea is really quite simple: when we come into conflict over an argument we automatically project our own biases and preconceptions onto others.

Subtxt models this natural process ("It's not my problem, it's yours!") and then breaks it down into a set of ordered steps.

The rest is up to you.

Where You Fit In

Bring the passion.

How you illustrate Subtxt's Storybeats is where your artistic talent steps in and elevates the argument to something a computer simply can't do.

No one goes to the theater or picks up a novel to read story structure. That's why you can't write your story in Subtxt.

We know how easy it is to get caught up in endless outlining, so we designed Subtxt to help you define your artistic intent (the message of your story), and then quickly take that to your favorite writing application.

Once you start writing, you really shouldn't look back at Subtxt.

That is...until the next story.

Community support from the very beginning

Subtxt is the only app built from the ground-up to support the artist from the very beginning. Having worked in the animation industry for 23 years as both a director and animator, I wanted to create an app that combined the latest advances in narrative theory with the creative spark inside each and every one of us.

And along the way, I invited some of the most talented storytellers and visionary creatives to help me out.

The result is more than just an app, it's a supportive community designed to help you grow as an artist.

"I'm in heaven. Each watching of the class clarifies so much more. So odd when you think u have it but don't, but then later do.
#magical #becomingAwriter!"

Jil Hardin, Writer
Subtxt Community

Learn a revolutionary approach to writing meaningful stories

Even if you’ve been writing for years, there’s always room to grow. Subtxt is the ultimate online destination for writers looking to hone their craft. Weekly online courses are a wonderful place for avid storytellers to learn about the many intricate ways that the bestselling books and award-winning films make you feel.

Weekly courses in Subtxt

I thought I would share real-time feedback from a truly novice perspective. The app is helping me know what subtext nuances to bleed into my chosen initial scenes, so I can avoid info dumps, know what to focus on, and arrive at the first plot point by a certain page/word count. Ive read self published works that drone on for 100 pages of history before meeting the protagonist.

Subtxt helps me stay focused on the underlying resonant story as I'm building the world and populating it with interesting characters, so I can quickly arrive at the first plot point. And the prompts inspire "AHA" moments, helping me find creative solutions to formerly unanswered questions.

Desiree Harb


Bringing the Magic

Reveal crucial moments

The best thing about writing a story with Subtxt is what it tells you about your story: key moments that reflect the argument you're making to your audience.

John Dusenberry, Head of Story at Warner Bros. Animation, explains:

And John is only one of the many professionals who trust Subtxt to help develop their projects.

Friends of Subtxt

Proof of concept

  • Michael DiMartino

    Executive Producer, Co-creator, and Writer, Avatar: The Last Airbender on Nickelodeon

  • David Collard

    Screenwriter, Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, #3 2020 Blacklist

  • George Strayton

    Screenwriter, Executive Producer Newirth, The Black Company, Netflix

  • Ed Bernero

    Executive Producer, Creator, and Writer, Third Watch

  • Jason Loftus

    Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, director of Ask No Questions (Slamdance 2020)

  • Sebastien de Castell

    Bestselling author of twelve novels including Traitor's Blade and Spellslinger

  • Chris Sonnenburg

    Executive Producer, Tangled: The Series on Disney+

  • Joy Lenz

    Actress and Writer, One Tree Hill, Dexter, Pearson

  • John Dusenberry

    Head of Story at Warner Animation Group


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