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