Useful CELTX add-ons

Plot viewCELTX – the free screenwriting software for Mac, PC and Linux is now selling add-ons to expand the range of features and enable you to get more out of your writing.You can now get your hands on a full-screen writing mode for a distraction free writing experience, a plot / index card Timeline view as well as an Advanced Session Timer; useful if you don’t want to have to carry an egg timer around with you when writing.

I just bagged myself the Index Card corkboard and plot timeline view for the princely sum of$3.99 and I love the fact that I can see the Script content appear in the Index Cards as well as just see notes that I want to add, add new ones, delete cards and categorise them to see subplots etc. A nice feature and well worth the money.

Check out the Owners’ manual to find out more.

Screenplay length – size does matter!

There’s a great article on Screenplay length and how that affects your ability to sell the end product HERE.It features some very sound advice, broken down in two parts; the first being why size matters – from a commercial perspective and the second provides advice on what to look for when cutting your scripts down to the ideal 95-105 page target; as opposed to the previous 110-120 target of old.

The Article, written by James Vektor,  features some insightful and some humours video links too; to help see the wider elements of the screenwriting process.

This is definitely food for thought for my upcoming Script Frenzy challenge.

Script Frenzy is coming!

Script Frenzy iconYes folks, after the insane NANOWRIMO challenge in 2009 I am hungry for more mad writing action! This April we have a month of SCRIPT FRENZY to get through.

If you, like me, are up for a challenge, then why not register (for free) and have a go?

Don’t worry if you haven’t even begun to prepare or haven’t written a screenplay before. There are excellent educational materials on the website to help get you started.  I haven’t even done half of the prep that I would like to feel prepared for the coming madness; as you never actually feel prepared enough! But don’t let that stop you! Turn off that ‘inner doubting’ voice and dive on in.

Right now, I am just starting to build my Scrivener project file to get the planning started; but I’ll probably write the thing in CELTX; although I could probably do the whole thing in Scrivener. It’s just easier on a small Hacbook.

Anyway, don’t fear the unknown. Join us!

100 Record Cards

I just bought a couple of sets of these 100 Record cards. Record cards

When I revise for things I tend to try and condense everything into tiny bite-sized chunks of information and cram as many notes as I can onto these cards; as I believe the act of writing something down helps me remember things. Repetition is key. Not losing them is also key. Getting them cheap is recommended. To me, these ones that already come with a ring binder are a brilliant and simple yet effective idea!

When I am writing in an ‘old school’ fashion, needing to hide away from my machine and the evil lure of the unfiltered Web, I often break my scenes or plot points down on Index Cards. then, in trying to follow Syd Field, or Blake Snyder, I attach them to my corkboard in order to visualise all of the elements of my story and then see if I need to reorder them in order to shake things up and keep the structure fresh.

Obviously using software tools like Final Draft, Celtx or Scrivener I can do this virtually without a need to kill a tree or needing to be wary of battery power or being near a plug socket. But sometimes that tactile element is incredibly important – to move something and be able to still see the entire structure in one go, and not have to keep scrolling. Currently no software package can do that for you. It’s old school brainstorming or mind mapping.Tescos Report cards

With these great cards you can carry them around, make oodles of notes and do some healthy planning and then later if you need to take the binder away and start arranging them on your carpet floor or stick them to your corkboard. Pin them to the 4 corners of your mind and then write!

That reminds me. I have a feature to get back to work on! Soon my board will be full of ideas and not a distracting picture. ;0)