I love hunting for treasure. In fact, I grew up with a mom who was a thrift store junkie. Once, she even bought a van full of dungarees for $100. Again, you see why my therapy file is so big…
To honor my family tradition of treasure hunting, each week I’ll share with you my top picks of great screenwriting resources at The Writers Store. Here we go!
1. Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 – I use both MM and Final Draft, but when I write with a writing partner, I prefer MM. Why? Because it has this incredible notes features that allows you to create notes with different colors. It makes it easier to quickly see whose notes are whose. Plus I am one of those people who prefers my notes to be instantly visible and not have to click a box to open them. It’s probably why my desk is so messy. On sale until April 30, 2013.
2. The Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips for Getting to FADE OUT – This handy dandy little book is brilliant! Written by two Story Specialists and screenwriters from The Writers Store, everything you need to know from outlining to first draft is condensed down into bite-size pieces. It’s an amazing, inexpensive ,must-have reference guide.
3. Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! – Not only is this book informative, it’s hysterical. A fun read that’ll teach you a lesson or two about the industry while making you chuckle.
4. If you’re preparing to pitch your screenplay this weekend at Screenwriters World Conference East in NYC, you’ll need our Pitch Clinic help via The Writers Store Story Specialists. It’s a one-on-one consultation to get your pitch in tip top shape for execs!
In case you’re wondering, The Writers Store really does exist. Here’s a picture of Doug Richardson, screenwriter of Die Hard 2, with Jesse Douma, whose family founded The Writers Store 30 years ago. If you live in the Burbank area, pop in the store and say hi to the team.
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine and a webinar instructor for The Writers Store. She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. Jeanne also is President of Implicit Productions and consults with writerson how to build and strengthen their online and offline networks as well as face their fears in order to succeed in writing and in personal peace – a screenwriter’s therapist. More information can be found on her blog, ramblings of a recovered insecureaholic. Follow@jeannevb on Twitter.