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Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

_x000D_ 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.

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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.”
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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.”
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The Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips to Getting to FADE OUT

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“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. ”
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Vintage Typewriter Keycharm Necklace

“OK, 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. :)”
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Movie Magic Screenwriter 6

“The more I use it, the more I love it. I keep finding new tools and settings to make my life easier. I truly can’t imagine writing a script without it. I also have Final Draft, but I keep coming back to MM6, maybe simply because it was my first love and where my comfort zone it.”
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Scrivener

“Scrivener is my new favorite, sparkly writing tool! Just typing the word makes me giddy… and I’m not exaggerating! I’m writing a novel right now, using the Scrivener Binder. It keeps everything organized, from character notes to outline to format. Not only is it useful for writing a novel, but you can also organize your blogs too. You can export files, add photos to your research files, and set target goals of word count and more. I have no idea how I survived before it. Seriously. I’m not blowing smoke here. I love this program.”
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Save the Cat! Story Structure Software

“Lots of writers swear by Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet. This revised and updated software guides you through the complete story development process, step-by-step, from title to logline.”
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Strunk and White The Element’s of Style

“I’ve owned a copy of The Elements of Style for as long as I can remember. It was a “must have” according to my father, who lived to mark up my school papers in red marker. It’s one of the books always within arm’s reach of my writing desk.”
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The 21st-Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow’s Films

by Linda Aronson

“Linda’s book is a new find for me, and one I highly recommend. Everyone learns differently. I’m a visual learner, so one of the best ways for me to wrap my brain around something is to have it shown to me using examples. Linda covers classic to avant-garde scripts, from The African Queen and Tootsie to 21 GramsPulp FictionMemento, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
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Screenplay Brass Fasteners

“Presentation matters. If you’re submitting a hard copy of your script to a studio, you’ll want to bind it with brass brads (one in the top hole, one in the bottom hole, NONE in the middle). The best way to secure the brads is to use washers. You don’t want the reader’s attention on keeping your script from falling apart instead of on your story.”
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Write a Screenplay: Script & Screenwriting Books

“Read, read, READ screenplays! At The Writers Store we have tons of screenplays available to read. It truly is the best way to familiarize yourself with style, structure, format and great storytelling..”
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Breakfast with Sharks

by Michael Lent

“This was one of the first books I read about the screenwriting industry. As a marital artist, my #1 rule is to learn as much as I can about my opponent. Michael keeps it real.”
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Breaking in Outside of Hollywood On Demand Webinar

“No, I don’t get a kickback on this product. I merely am sharing the link for those who want to learn how I navigate the industry from my country home in New York. Knowing how to market yourself and connect with people in L.A. via social media is essential for a writer’s success today, whether you’re in or out of L.A.”
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Mind Your Business: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide to Your Writing Career

by Michele Wallerstein

“Michele was a regular columnist for ScriptMag.com (The Business of Screenwriting) and a literary agent of 30 years. Her book is full of information screenwriters need to know in order to have a long, successful career.”
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Movie Outline

“Designed by a produced screenwriter, Movie Outline 3.1 is an all-in-one development package that uses the simple technique of step-outlining to help build your story, characters and screenplay scene-by-scene, letting you focus on each key event of your script without losing sight of the bigger picture. ”
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Using Adaptations as the Perfect Source for Your Script On Demand Webinar

“_x000D_ Hollywood loves adaptations of already existing intellectual property. Why not add one to your arsenal to make yourself more marketable as a writer for hire? You don’t always need to pay for the rights to a book; you can adapt one that’s copyright has expired (see our FREE download on how to acquire rights.)_x000D_ ”
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Logline and Query Letter Strategies that Work

“Webinar with Danny Manus. Not only are loglines the one-line pitch you need to grab an exec’s attention, I always start my scripts by crafting a logline to get my ideas focused. Danny Manus is a former exec and screenwriting consultant who gives straight-forward, helpful advice. ”
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 Screenplay Treatment Development Notes

“If you want help in the early stages of your script, getting notes on your treatment or outline can save you an enormous amount of time, making your first draft more like a third draft.”
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Pitch Clinic

“Before I write my scripts, I always write a pitch to see where the holes might be. It’s a great way to get a handle on your story and if it really has a hook. One way to get less expensive script feedback is to have a consultation on your pitch, either before or after the script is finished.”
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Jen Grisanti

“My favorite Jen Grisanti products are Storywise Workbook: How to Write a TV Pilot Script and Storywise Workbook: How to Write a TV Spec Script. Jen has two decades of experience identifying great TV writing. She’s a treasure trove of resources for any writer.”
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Erik Bork

“Erik Bork wrote and produced HBO’s Band of Brothers. His webinars and are invaluable to TV writers. You can be the best writer in the world, but the only way to sell a TV show is to have a great idea. Erik shows you how to find the one worthy of your time and talent in What Makes a Great TV Idea? Learn What Hollywood Looks for in a TV Idea and Pilot Script.”
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Ellen Sandler

“Ellen Sandler was nominated for an Emmy as a Co-Executive Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond. She has created over 20 pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Family, Oxygen and the Disney Channel. Who better to learn from? Ellen has a variety of resources at The Writers Store, but my favorite is The TV Writer’s Workbook: A Creative Approach to Writing TV Scripts. Filled with easy-to-implement exercises and practical wisdom, this ingenious how-to handbook outlines the steps for becoming a professional TV writer, starting with a winning script. Sandler explains the difference between “selling” and “telling,” form and formula, and theme and plot.”
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Tales from the Script

“_x000D_ Directed by Peter Hanson, written and produced by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman, this is a life-changing documentary for any writer who is questioning their path of screenwriting. It’s currently on back order at The Writers Store but you can click on “Notify Me When In Stock” and you’ll get an alert. It’s a MUST WATCH for anyone serious about navigating Hollywood._x000D_ Note: There is also a book version of Tales from the Script well worth the read.”
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