Movie and theater scripts use special formatting that’s much more complicated than the formatting used for novels and most other forms of prose. If you have your sights set on the lights of Broadway or the Hollywood hills, specialized script writing software will save you a lot of time and even more headaches.
The industry standard scriptwriting program is Final Draft and I recommend it for all serious scriptwriters. However, if you’re new to the biz and don’t want to shell out for that excellent but expensive program while you’re learning the ropes, there are several other good scriptwriting programs you can use instead.
- CeltX, Win/Mac/Linux, open source
- Final Draft, Win/Mac, commercial
- Montage, Mac, commercial
- Movie Magic Screenwriter, Win/Mac, commercial
- Movie Outline, Win/Mac, commercial
- PlotBot, web, free
- Scripped, web, subscription
- ScriptBuddy, web, free and subscription options
- Slugline, Mac, commercial