Monday, May 25, 2020

Save the Cat Writing Software Review


WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR

OF

Save the Cat! Structure Software


I'm a fan of Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, so I jumped on the chance to review Save the Cat! Structure Software!

Then, despite all of the amazing e-mails and communication with the blog tour's manager, I messed up my dates and had this post calendared for tomorrow.
Yikes!!! 
My apologies to the Save the Cat! Authors and the Software Developers.

My Review of Save the Cat! Structure Software:

I loved this software! I have tried a few others (I will not name them), but never found a program that fits my style, which is a combination of pansting and plotting, with general guidelines and loglines to guide me through my stories, novels, and non-fiction books. 

This structure has just what I need to keep track of plot beats (utilizing the Save the Cat! beat sheet structure), character arcs, settings, symbols/things, key character relationships, chapters, payoffs, and everything in handy ways which I found incredibly helpful. One thing I love about Save the Cat! Structure Software is that the logline for my project is always at the top of the page. I need this. It helps me remember my driving purpose and umbrella plan for the entire project.

If you are a die hard plotter, never fear! This software can work for you, too. There are ways to keep track of your plot in the plottiest of plot-point ways with main plot points, character arcs, symbolism in each scene, and more. 

Moving from one area to the next in your novel is incredibly easy with this software. The tutorial was helpful, but the software is fairly intuitive and I think you can dive right into using it. There are some fun bits in the software, like the "litter box" section where you can store the ideas you aren't ready to trash, but which aren't quite fitting within your main idea. 

Another part of this software that I loved is that it can be used for single book projects, book series projects, and script-writing for a movie or a show series. You don't have to limit yourself to a particular type of writing or length to use this software. 

I'm currently using it to plot (ahem, plantster) my way through a novella series. I'm planning to use it to work my way through some problem areas in a revision project. 

In other words, I'm sold on this program. I find it useable, useful, and helpful as a short story writer, a novelist, and as somehow who has attempted writing a graphic novel script/prose mashup (that's the revision project I'm planning to revise with this software). 

If you like Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, I think you would like this software. 


About Save the Cat!®
Save the Cat! provides writers the resources they need to develop their screenplays and novels based on a series of best-selling books, primarily written by Blake Snyder (1957- 2009). Blake’s method is based on 10 distinctive genres and his 15 story beats (the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet). Our books, workshops, story structure software, apps, and story coaching teach you everything you need to unlock the fundamentals and mechanics of plot and character transformation.
Find out more about Save the Cat! by visiting their webpage at www.savethecat.com.
About the Save the Cat Structure Software

Save the Cat! Story Structure Software is adapted from the Save the Cat! methodology to help screenwriters and novelists unlock the fundamentals of plot and character transformation. The Story Structure Software is a virtual writer board with digital index cards to help map out your story against the 15 beats or plot points to your story. The software enables writers to track emotional shifts of characters from scene to scene, develop profiles and edit and version your story with ease.

You can purchase a subscription to the Save the Cat! Structure Software at Save the Cat's website.


About the Author, Jessica Brody
Jessica Brody worked for MGM Studios as manager of acquisitions and business development before becoming an internationally best-selling author of more than fifteen novels for adults and teens including The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, A Week of Mondays, and Better You Than Me. She travels the country teaching Save the Cat! workshops to novelists.

Monday, May 18, 2020

New Release, Writing Youtube Videos, and Monday Motivation - Is Storytelling Built Into Us?

NEW RELEASE

Walking with Jesus: Stories from One Hope Church is out and available at most online retailers!
Real People. Real Dilemmas. Real Jesus.
14 Authors, One Faith-Filled Anthology.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo for sale.
Reviews would be awesome!


WRITING AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS

I know authors have been creating writing videos for a long time, but I am finally getting into this with a series on Journal Writing. You can see my latest video here:




I'm also enjoying Sean McLachlan's Videos like this:




I struggle with creating videos because my speaking voice isn't perfect and I'm not a supermodel, but for some reason, during this stay-at-home season, the video bug hit me and I just started. My skills are still lacking, but I decided just to start. If I need to erase and rebuild later, I will.
I recommend checking out Sean's videos to see a bit more polish and to get some great writing inspiration. 

WRITING INSPIRATION AND MONDAY MOTIVATION


"You’re never going to kill storytelling because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.” --Margaret Atwood, poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist.

Do you think storytelling is embedded into humanity?

Why?



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

IWSG: NEW Anthology Celebration, Getting into the Writing Zone, and Recap of A to Z for me

Many thanks to Alex J. Cavnaugh, our Captain.
Many thanks to all of the co-hosts!


LET'S CELEBRATE VOYAGERS: THE THIRD GHOST

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology



Journey into the past…

Will the third ghost be found before fires take more lives? Can everyone be warned before Pompeii is buried again? What happens if a blizzard traps a family in East Germany? Will the Firebird help Soviet sisters outwit evil during WWII? And sneaking off to see the first aeroplane – what could go wrong?

Ten authors explore the past, sending their young protagonists on harrowing adventures. Featuring the talents of Yvonne Ventresca, Katharina Gerlach, Roland Clarke, Sherry Ellis, Rebecca M. Douglass, Bish Denham, Charles Kowalski, Louise MacBeath Barbour, Beth Anderson Schuck, and L.T. Ward.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a voyage of wonder into history. Get ready for an exciting ride!

AVAILABLE HERE:



Tweetable Celebration for Voyagers: 
Voyagers: The Third Ghost, an @TheIWSG anthology! Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/dp/193984472X/ iTunes- https://tinyurl.com/s728xbm B&N- https://tinyurl.com/s655vel #MG @rrclarke53 @BishDenham @Douglass_RM @513sherrye @SimonGreyYoka @schuck_beth @YvonneVentresca @Ltward2


ARE YOU READY TO WRITE FOR THE NEXT ANTHOLOGY?


Guidelines and rules:

Word count4500-6000

Genre: Science Fiction

Theme: Dark Matter

Submissions accepted: May 6 - September 2, 2020

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

Our official awesome judges:

Dan Koboldt, author and #SFFpit founder
Dan Koboldt is the author of the Gateways to Alissia trilogy (Harper Voyager), the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction (Writers Digest, 2018), and the creator of the sci-fi adventure serial The Triangle (Serial Box, 2019). As a genetics researcher, he has co-authored more than 80 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. He is represented by Paul Stevens of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Lynda R. Young, author
Lynda R. Young is an Aussie writing fantasy novels as Elle Cardy. Wielder’s Prize is her debut YA epic fantasy. She is also an editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer and more.

Colleen Oefelein, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Colleen Oefelein is an author of YA, picture books, and author promotion guides, a devourer of books, and the owner of the book review site North of Normal. Formerly an associate agent and PR manager with Inklings Literary Agency, Colleen has hosted numerous “Pitch Perfect” and “Rejection Correction” workshops on Facebook and at conferences nationwide, and she’s mentored several authors one-on-one through online pitch contests such as Pitch Wars.

Damien Larkin, author
Damien Larkin is an Irish science fiction author and co-founder of the British and Irish Writing Community. His debut novel Big Red was published by Dancing Lemur Press and went on to be longlisted for the BSFA award for Best Novel. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland and is working on his next novel Blood Red Sand.

Ion Newcombe, eidtor and publisher
is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Julie Gwinn, agent, The Seymour Agency
Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Recently, she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words.

David Powers King, author
David's works include Woven, The Undead Road, and Full Dark: An Anthology. He currently resides in the Mountain West with his wife and 4 children.





Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Dancing Lemur Press' imprint Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title. Please see their website for general guidelines on the types of stories they publish.


We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!


GETTING INTO THE WRITING ZONE

The Optional Question in May asks: do you have any rituals to get into the writing zone?

Coffee or tea, a water bottle, and a walk preceding my sit-down-and-write time are ideal, but I will write anywhere, anytime.

RECAP OF THE A TO Z CHALLENGE AND CAMP NANOWRIMO 

This time, it went wildly farther than expected. I had too many dilemmas to truly wrap up, so I focused on wrapping up the main concern stated by the main character earlier in the story.
*spoiler alert - skip the super fine print below if you want to left in the dark*
She wants to go home, and she gets to go home. Of course, between wanting that and getting there, Amaya has changed. Home isn't what, or where, she thought it would be.

A series is in the works. 

HELP WANTED

I'm looking for:
Reviewers for the Walking with Jesus: Stories from One Hope Church  - PDF copies only at this time. A review can be as simple as a two-sentence comment.

When the call for this anthology went forth to One Hope Church, it was a call to everyday believers to bring in stories of moments with Jesus, those times when the presence of God touched their walking-around lives. Combined with scripture, these stories are inspiring, faith-building, and thought-provoking.

Real people. Real dilemmas. Real Jesus.

Authors included in this anthology: Susan Buethe, Lauren Colman, Margaret Colman, James Estin, Kathleen Gillespie, Barbara G. Harris, Cindy Jones, Pat Lelvis, Ann Martin, Tyrean Martinson, Melissa Posod, Grace Rolle, Arlie Rue, John Schuler, and an author who prefers to remain anonymous.

If you are interested in helping, please let me know via a comment here or a message to tyreantigger (at) gmail (dot) com

If you would to purchase a copy, pre-orders are currently available here:
Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087Q3FWLT?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1018274


OTHER NEWS FOR ME:

I had a short story publication and a poem publication between late April and early May. If you have time, you can read them here:
Code: Gray at The Creative Colloquy.
in the distance at The Firefly Collective (page 14, when you scroll down).

Are you picking up a copy of Voyagers: The Third Ghost? Do you have any writing rituals? And, could you help out with a review or a shout-out for Walking with Jesus?