The start of a week can be much like the start of a script. I can play on the rewrite playground forever, but starting a project is always the most difficult part for me. Over the years, I’ve asked my writer friends for advice on tools to help me not only get past my start-a-script fear, but also actually make the dreaded process fun.
1. Scrivener – I’ve had this program on my Mac for a couple of years, and I’m finally getting the courage to give it a shot with my new project. It’s affordable and works for both books and scripts, so if you have a project you need to get focused, give it a try. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m liking it.
2. Learn What’s Holding You Back, Discover Fixes, and Move Your Career Forward – This Wednesday’s webinar by award-winning screenwriter Jacob Krueger will help you pinpoint what’s holding you back in your writing and give advice on how to get past it. What I love the most is Jake’s free one-on-one coaching. I’ve met with him in person many times. I promise he delivers!
- Learn proven methods to break through writer’s block and build the writing life you’ve always wanted.
- Let your writing flow with this groundbreaking approach. You’ll instantly connect with your characters and your creative instincts—every time you sit down to write.
- This live webinar includes a FREE one-on-one coaching session with a professional writing coach.
3. Story Mapping with Dan Calvisi – If you’re looking for a new way to outline, check out Dan Calvisi’s Story Mapping techniques. He has a few webinars On Demand at The Writers Store and even a book coming out. Look for Brad Johnson’s review of Dan’s book coming soon on ScriptMag.com
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.