When you're an artist, pursuing your dreams, working into the wee hours and desperately carving out time to hone your craft, every second counts... and so does every penny. Screenwriting products can get expensive. Believe me, I just cleaned out my old office and found a stack of screenwriting resources that really added up.
But investing in your career starts with an education. That's how I've always view my purchases... an investment. Since I didn't go to film school, I needed to learn somewhere.
FLASHBACK to my early screenwriting days. The very first Google search for screenwriting software led me to The Writers Store -- thirty years of serving professional and aspiring screenwriters and one-stop shopping with great sales.
Let's see what's on sale:
1. Save the Cat! - The Entire Series - If you haven't heard of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat!, you need to check it out. This bundle includes all in the book series, as well as the outlining software! Discounted to save you money.
Note: If you already own the books but want the Save the Cat! Software, The Writers Store created a special $20 OFF code for the software only (download or boxed): CATCHAT20, good until 8/31/2013. (Buy now and receive a FREE PDF of the Top 20 Beat Sheets from the Blake Snyder blog archives, including: Avatar, Star Wars, Memento, The King's Speech, Tangled, Caddyshack, and more!)
2. Contour and Persona Bundle - ON SALE until 8/31/2013
Contour is a proven story development writing software that streamlines the process of turning your movie ideas from first glimmer to full outline. Using Contour software and its story development system created by Jeff Schechter, Emmy Award nominee and creator of TotallyWrite, you'll learn how to apply the same character-based structure that nearly all blockbuster movies use to create solid stories that hold together from Fade In to Fade Out...
PersonaCharacter Development Software is based on this concept: by categorizing characters into archetypes, you can know their background, which in turn shows their motivations, and then allows you to predict their behavior. To put it bluntly, it is the difference between deliberately crafting a compelling character or hoping that the character turns out the way you wanted.
Now get your writing toolbox filled with goodies and get to work!
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.