Writing Roadmap®

Develop professional-level stories quickly.

Our one-of-a-kind Writing Roadmap takes you through the 16 familiar stages of story development, from the first frame to Fade Out.


Never stare at a blank page again.

The Writing Roadmap’s interactive screenwriting tools help you quickly discover the best version of your story. When you’re in creative mode, the last thing you want to do is step back and calculate technical things like beats, arcs, and acts; that takes you out of the creative flow! That’s why we created the Writing Roadmap; it takes care of the technical aspects of screenwriting and frees your imagination, allowing you to have fun, stay creative, and be super productive.

When you follow the Writing Roadmap (which you can do in any order!), you’re piecing together a fleshed-out, compelling story, one easy-to-use Brainstorm Board® at a time.


Screenwriting Ninja's Writing Roadmap

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Screenwriting Ninja's Writing Roadmap

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Why use a roadmap when screenwriting?

When you think about one tiny piece of your story at a time, you’re less likely to self-edit. The stories you’ll develop in roadmap writing come more quickly and will be more pure; you won’t be trying to wrangle all the ideas swirling around in your head and stuff ’em into the shape of a script or book. Writing Ninja takes care of all the structure, so you’re free to enjoy discovering the best version of your story.

With the Writing Roadmap, you won’t doubt yourself or worry about structure as you go. You’ll develop and write your story faster, and your first draft can be more thoroughly developed and authentic. And since you can see your progress as you save each Brainstorm Board, you’re super motivated to keep going because you’re just doing one little thing at a time. Not only will you avoid Writer’s Block, but before you know it, you’ll have a well-structured, engaging story you’re dying to write, share, and sell!


The Science Behind Screenwriting Ninja

Dr. John Stern, a neurology professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, states that “people experience creative insights when they’re doing something else, when they’re distracted, when they’re not forcing an idea to come (source). That’s how Writing Ninja works; it distracts the analytic part of your mind, frees your creativity, and allows you to embrace pure storytelling joy.

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What is a Roadmap in Writing?

Our Writing Roadmap® is a step-by-step framework that helps you develop a basic story structure for your screenplays & novels. It’s super-easy to use, regardless of writing experience; simply fill in the blanks, answering each prompt or question to discover your story quickly, one bite-sized step at a time.

Using a writing roadmap will make you more likely to keep going. When you just have to do one little task at a time (and get that oh-so-satisfying checkmark when it’s done!), you’ll write faster and more freely than you would otherwise.

The Writing Roadmap unlocks your creativity and boosts productivity and professionalism for both novel writing & screenwriting.

How does the Writing Roadmap work?

The Writing Roadmap® helps you explore and define the significant beats that drive your story’s engine. Travel down the entire Writing Roadmap, opening one Brainstorm Board at a time (in any order!), filling in MapPoint® ideas as you go. Before you know it, you’ll have a detailed story map to guide your story-writing journey.

Think of the Writing Roadmap as less of a “script template” and more of a “story guide.” You don’t need to count pages and add/cut things to hit some magic page count. But you DO need structure to ensure you have a Story, not a Slice of Life. So the Writing Roadmap is not about adhering to a strict formula but, instead, is more about ensuring you’ve thought about your story MapPoints enough to get you from Point 1 (Opening Scene) to Point 16 (Final Image).

Right now, our Writing Roadmap is designed explicitly for feature screenplays. But you can also use it to create a basic novel writing roadmap or a TV pilot roadmap (because many of the beats can be used for them and when you roadmap screenplays).

Stop strangling your story.
Don’t struggle with structure. Don’t wrestle with words. Free your mind, write faster, and have fun with Screenwriting Ninja.

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Writing Ninja is an online story development platform that makes it really easy for writers to create professional quality stories for screenplays and novels.


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