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As a writer myself, I know how hard it can be to find just the right gift to help the writer in your life achieve their storytelling dreams. When I first started writing 14 years ago, I didn't know what products were worth adding to my writing toolbox, but as I learned more about the screenwriting industry, it became clear to me what I really needed.
To save you the struggles of wading through thousands of products, I wanted to share some of my must-have favorites! Here are some of the products I wish I had when I started screenwriting:
Tough Love Screenwriting by John Jarrell: If you want someone who speaks from truth, with no sugar coating, John's the man. This book isn't for the faint of heart, as John will hit you between the eyes with pure, unfiltered truth of the path from aspiring to produced screenwriter. Save 50%
Lee Jessup's Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide to a Screenwriting Career sheds more light on how to take the proper steps to build a satisfying and successful screenwriting career. Like John's book above, I wish this resource was available when I first started my writing career.
What the Heck Are Executives Thinking? Looking at Your Script from the Exec’s Point of Viewon-demand webinar by Danny Manus: As a past development executive and popular story consultant, Danny tells you what you need to hear to succeed. Save 50%
Now that you've crawled in the executive's head, it's time to get the story on the page. Screenwriting 101: Writing for Film and Television video course by David Titcher takes you through the process from premise to outline to script. Since it's a video course, you can learn at your own speed. Save 50%
One of the most important lessons I have learned over the years is not to even write the story unless it'll attract an executive's attention. The on-demand webinar Story Concepts that Sell by Scott Myers will help you elevate your concept to a level to attract an executive's attention. Scott is one of the most popular screenwriting teachers out there. You won't want to miss this one. Save 50%
Save The Cat! Structure Software version 3.0 helps you organize all of your thoughts in order to outline like a pro! Not only is the software on sale, but when you buy it now, you'll get a free PDF of 60 Beat Sheets of top movies from Blake Snyder's archives! Save 22%
Movie Magic Screenwriter is the first screenwriting software I purchased. Yes, I own Final Draft, too. Both are great, but since I write with a writing partner, I prefer the notes features on Movie Magic. I can color code them, plus they stay open on the page, so I can easily see them without having to click on a box. If you're guessing I have a messy desk, you're right! Save 60%
The Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips for Getting to FADE OUT by Anthony Grieco and Mario O. Moreno is a concise, gem of a book that gets you from FADE IN to FADE OUT with ease. It makes a perfect stocking stuffer for the writer in your life... or yourself! Save 50%
One way to get discovered as a screenwriter is to make a short film and submit it to film festivals. Learn how in Timothy Cooper's on-demand webinar Write and Produce Your First Short Film... For Next to Nothing!Give yourself the best holiday present by taking control of your career! Save 50%
If you don't want to do the film festival route, try a web series. Creating the Viral Web Series on-demand workshop by Rebecca Norris gives you all the advice you need to get your series live on the Internet. Save 50%
Now that you have your story on the page, you need to understand how the business side of screenwriting works. Your Screenplay Sales Tools: Loglines, One Sheets and Query Letters gives you all the tools you need to create a great marketing package for pitching executives! All the information you need on-demand for immediate access. Save 50%
Vintage Typewriter Key Necklace on Etsy: I'm an old-school girl with a mother who collects antiques, so these vintage typewriter key necklaces grabbed my attention. I only wish they made a bracelet with all 27 letters! Oh wait, they might...
Michael Hauge is one of the most respected screenwriting experts in the industry. A couple of Streaming Video: Hero’s Two Journeys
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If you write for TV, Jen Grisanti is the go-to guru. One of her informative products is Storywise Workbook: How to Write a TV Spec Script. I've attended one of Jen's live workshops in NYC, and she's amazing! No one delivers TV advice as succinctly as Jen does. Save 50%
How fun is this Rewrite Hell Coffee Mug on CafePress?! It's the perfect gift for the coffee-addicted writer in your life!
The Gift of Knowlegde: Online Writing Courses, Workshops & Tutorials
Anytime I can stay in my pajamas, I'm game. That's only one reason I love online courses. Learning in the comfort of your home at your own pace. Screenwriters University has some great classes taught by top instructors. Check them out:
- Subscription to Screenwriters University's Tutorials
- Live Screenwriting Webinars
- Online Courses & Workshops for Writers
- OnDemand Screenwriting Webinars