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Script Software: What Should You Write Your Screenplay With?

Write like a pro by choosing the best professional software.


If you're a new or aspiring screenwriter, where to start when writing your script can feel overwhelming. You're probably still trying to figure out all of the ideas for your script, let alone knowing what software to use.


Luckily for you (at the time of this article) it's 2023 and you have lots of incredible software available to aid screenwriting. Long gone are the days in which you have to manually format your script on a typewriter or in a word doc.


But sometimes, too much choice can be confusing...


Below is Script Stable's Top Softwares for Screenwriting, with various price ranges, including free.


Final Draft

Final Draft is one of the most popular and widely used screenplay software options. It is industry standard to work on and absolutely Script Stable's favourite software. We recommend it first and foremost. It's what the pro's use and there are good reasons for that. It offers a range of helpful features, including a streamlined interface, customisable templates, and automatic formatting that takes the guesswork out of writing a screenplay. However, the 'best' often comes with a higher price tag and whilst we think it's worth it; it is an investment.


Celtx

Celtx is a free and easy to use screenplay software that offers a simple interface and customisable templates. It also features a script editor that can help dyslexic writers avoid common writing mistakes and typos (pretty standard feature though). Whilst it's no Final Draft, it is a great option for students or those who don't have deep pockets.


Trelby

Trelby is an open-source screenplay software that offers a range of helpful features, including a script editor, automatic formatting, and customisable templates. It's also free to use which is a great perk, especially if you're new to screenwriting and not sure if you're in it for the long haul yet.


Scrivener

Scrivener is a versatile writing tool that can be used for a range of projects, including screenplays. It offers a range of helpful features, including a customisable interface, corkboard view, and a virtual index card system to help dyslexic writers keep their projects organised. Whilst we rarely use Scrivener for screenplays, it is GREAT for treatments or other writing you might find yourself working on.


WriterDuet

WriterDuet is a cloud-based screenplay software that offers real-time collaboration and a range of helpful features, including automatic formatting, customisable templates, and a script editor. It's an accessible and user-friendly option.


Arc Studio

Arc Studio is a modern screenwriting software that combines powerful features with a user-friendly interface. It's designed to help screenwriters organise their ideas, collaborate with others, and write scripts efficiently. With features like real-time collaboration, customisable story structure templates, and a user-friendly interface, Arc Studio aims to streamline the screenwriting process and enhance creativity.


Highland 2

Highland 2 is a screenwriting application known for its focus on distraction-free writing. It provides a clean and minimalistic writing environment, allowing writers to concentrate on their scripts without distractions. Highland 2 also offers features like a unique "Navigator" for easy script navigation, revision tracking, and seamless integration with Fountain, a plain text markup language for screenwriting.

Movie magic

Movie Magic Screenwriter is a professional-grade screenwriting software widely used in the industry. It offers a comprehensive suite of tools for screenwriters, including script formatting, character and story development, and collaboration features. It's known for its industry-standard formatting and integration with outlining tools, making it a popular choice among professional screenwriters and filmmakers.


THOUGHTS?


What software you use will be personal to you. Sometimes it's trial and error of trying a few before you settle. There is no pressure to work on one over the other until you're being paid to write a script.


At Script Stable, our vote will always be for Final Draft. It's the industry standard for a reason, however, it's also the most expensive. So if you're a brand new writer wanting to try you hand at screenwriting but unsure if you're going to commit for the long haul, then Final Draft probably isn't where you want to start (unless you have cash to splash). You might want to start with Celtx or another free software to test the waters.


Let us know in the comments what software you use, or are thinking of trying after reading this article.

BONUS INFO


If you're dyslexic or neurodivergent you might want to check out our article on helpful script softwares for Dyslexia. You'll definitely see some of the same software on this list but there is also software including Text-To-Speech and Dictation.


 

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