Understanding Final Draft For Screenwriting

It’s been said for decades that the industry’s standard has been Final Draft isn’t cheap, but it’s not too terribly expensive at $249.95. While it costs less than three years’ worth of a subscription to Adobe Story Plus; the only con is that you have to pay for the software up front instead of being on a payment plan like Adobe’s pricing model is setup.

Final Draft has updates available averaging about $99.00, but they only come out every two or three years. However, if you’re a serious screenwriter or if you plan on collaborating with producers, then you may as well cut to the chase and purchase Final Draft. Whatever other software you’ve heard of most likely will not be used by working professionals in the industry. Do you plan on also collaborating with other writers, directors or production companies? This is what they’ll be using.

This is a quick look at how the user interface is setup in Final Draft and how to get around once inside the program.

The best value for Final Draft is the Educational version if you have any type of academic status (you’re a student, faculty or staff, etc). Use the download links below to get your copy right now.

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Make Your Concepts, Themes & Loglines Stronger

There’s a saying that “Concept is King”. I tend to agree with this. Think about it. The concept of your story is the overall idea at its most basic core. It’s what makes us want to read your book, screenplay or see your movie after millions of dollars has been spent on developing it. You‘ve probably read a book or screenplay that was well written with lots of clever wordplay, but when’s the last time you have heard anyone excited about a mediocre concept? For me, concept is king, but execution is just as important. After all, what good is a cool idea if the author can’t tell the story in the best way it could possibly be told? Imagine if the movie “Karate Kid” was just a movie about a boy learning karate and receiving a black belt at the end to make his single mother proud. What if “The Godfather” was just about an old mob boss who ran his organization with an iron fist then just died at the end of the movie. How would that be any different from the thousands of mob flicks we’ve never even heard of with forgettable plots? These are concepts you most likely would forget an hour after watching them on the big screen.

That’s why it’s important to get a good grasp on what a strong concept is as well as how a great theme can enhance your story. Once you have that down you can use your strongest logline to help sell your script or novel to Hollywood or that big publishing company you have your eye on. In this book, we will focus on how to make your concepts, themes and loglines stronger.

How Important Are Character Names?

This is a question a lot of writers ask at one point or another when starting that fresh new story that has them excited enough to dedicate the next several months (or longer) of their life and being able to type “THE END” with pride and satisfaction. Character names can say a lot about your story’s plot, scene, tone or even play on the theme. While it’s never guaranteed that one hundred percent of your audience will get the full meaning or purpose of what may seem like an ordinary name on the surface for your character, however it can be quite satisfying to those who do. These character names can also serve as a reminder to each of their purposes within your story.

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