You’d think I have everything I need by now, and the truth is, I kinda do. But every once in a while I come across a screenwriting product that I wish Santa had put in my stocking.
1. Streamline for Movie Magic Screenwriter: This is a program that gives suggestions on how to streamline and edit out unnecessary prose from your scripts, to help cut them down to size. I am an editing and rewrite junkie, so this is right up my alley.
2. Dramatica Pro: Starting projects is always the hardest for me, so I’m exploring different ways to motivate me to break story. Dramatica Pro is a story-development software for novels and scripts that helps you identify theme, plot, and character creation. My friends who use it, love it.
3. Dragon Dictate 3.0 Speech Recognition Software: How many times do you wish you could just talk your stories out and someone would magically type them? Well, that’s what Dragon does. This isn’t so much on my personal wishlist as it is for my 87-year-old father. He’s a writer, and as time goes on, is having a harder time sitting at his desktop. I want him to get his stories down for me and my children, so this is on my wishlist for Dear Old Dad. I’m thinking this is will make it into my shopping cart long before Father’s Day.
4. Vintage Typewriter Keycharm Necklace: OK, so this isn’t going to get my scripts written, but isn’t it cute? I admit, I have a “B,” but I want a “J.” Greedy? Maybe, but honest. 🙂
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 writers on 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.