A Script Reader’s Checklist – ScreenCraft

For those of you have been attached to this blog for a while, you know I wrote a screenplay for my book A Burnished Rose – which is about a nurse in WWII. I am still working on pitching and improving that one but I’ve started on a new project – a screenplay for my 2016 Moonbeam Book Award winner Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure, which is about a young girls adventure in Istanbul with her grandmother.

I wanted to make the process a bit easier on myself, so I started looking around for a program I could use to write it – mostly something that did the correct formatting for me. Believe me, it doesn’t format easily in word.

From my Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum group, I had heard of Screencraft’s screenwriting contest. Well it happens that screencraft has developed some screenwriting software called Writerduet, one version that you can get for free! (Just my price range!), though the paid version is less than $100, so it’s pretty reasonable too.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and I really enjoy it. It does make the process a lot faster and has a collaboration feature that may come in handy WHEN the screenplay wins in a contest and gets picked up by someone!

When you sign up for the software, they get your email, of course. So I’ve been getting lots of screencraft advertising, of course. But I also received a link to this post by Terri Rossio, which is a  wonderful list of what a good screenplay looks like.

Source: A Script Reader’s Checklist – ScreenCraft

Do take a look and take some notes, if you’re a screenwriter yourself.

Happy writing!

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2 thoughts on “A Script Reader’s Checklist – ScreenCraft

  1. Exciting you’re writing a screenplay for your new and award-winning book! I, too, wrote a screenplay for my book, Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch. I prefer Final Draft though. It does the formatting for you and is quite standard in Hollywood. The screenplay is in the hands of a friend with connections in the business.
    I waited til Final Draft was on sale for $99 this past year but that’s still a long shot from free, so it’s good to hear you’re happy with another program that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I personally found that I loved writing in that format btw, especially since I already had the whole story line. It sounds like you enjoy it, too. Happy writing.

    • Shana, How wonderful you have a friend in the business – that’s a great leg up. I hope it works out for you!
      I have only written screenplays from books, so I’m not sure how the process would be from scratch.
      I enjoy writing screenplays but must admit, I am a wordy writer, so novels come much easier for me 🙂
      Best of luck!
      And let me know how it works out!
      Christine

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