Scrivener Screenwriting App: The Final Draft Killer
For some people, the only thing that matters is writing. They wake up with ideas, while some may carry around a table, others carry a notepad and pen to jot ideas, maybe choices, even a paragraph or two. The idea has been like a seed that was planted in the mind’s eye, and every day, it grows more. And so every day: notes. Ideas, maybe a short outline or two.
Some writers may get through six or seven pages when they sit down and start writing. It’s been said that art is never about the medium, but the artist. The same goes with authors. Each has a way to compile their notes and begin their writing. Some jump on their tablets or smartbooks to begin, some prefer to put pen to paper first. Each author – like artists – have a ritual when comes to writing, and it works for them.
When it’s all said and done, success!! It’s finally finished, right? Or is there more that needs to be conveyed? More that needs to be said? And if it is finished in manuscript form, how to make it a screenplay?
Many writers usually find themselves flustered at this, due to the fact that converting what was writing will now become screenwriting. And if they have little experience, it’s a daunting task.
Now, there are programs out there that are supposed to help make the process easier, but they either too simple, making the job twice as hard or simply out of price range. And when put to the question, what if the author just wants to write a book or two at the same time? Or an ebook?
No need for scriptwriting software, either. There’s no hint of script or even a real desire to write one, so that’s out of the question, as well. But maybe the writer still downloads the program…just in case. One day, maybe a script will be written. Who knows?
But the Jux of this problem is that precious time is lost, trying to download all these programs, all the while taking up more space on the computer, more memory, and the task of having all those programs running while you’re trying to one simple thing slows everything down.
So now there’s frozen screens, mistakes, having to do it again…couldn’t there be a program to does all this in one package? How much of a relief that would be.
But there is. Scrivener (Download Free Trail) is the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, an all in one program for writers, screenwriters, ebook, and scriptwriters alike. For example; while writing your manuscript or whatever script, a feature allows you to have a virtual “binder” open next to you, so you can click on that, and go automatically to whatever part you plan to change or edit.
No more scrolling up and down looking for either the exact passage or someplace close so that you can resume work. Instead of jumping back and forth between project, Scrivener allows you to bisect the screen that you can see both projects without fail, whether it be a PDF file, image file, or maybe another manuscript. There’s just no more jumping around, which saves time.
You can also keep your notes organized, thanks to the corkboard, where you can keep a synopsis for the project – or other projects – that can be seen and kept.If writing something, and have a plan to make changes, but feeling dubious? You can use the snapshot feature, which guarantees that if you don’t like the changes, you can always revert back to the previous version without fuss.
You can compile your work for export if need be, seeing that Scrivener is Windows compatible. It also has a full rich text editor, not to mention a scriptwriting feature that allows you to use the industry mandatory RTF, or mix with regular text so that you can make things easier for yourself.
The stats feature is always at the bottom of your page, indicating the number of words typed, while the target function allows you set a goal you’ll want to meet – or exceed – at any given time. Maybe one day there’s only time for 5000 words. Maybe the next day it’ll be upped to 7500, who knows? At least you can make a goal and keep it. The choice is yours.
With integration between corkboard, editor and outliner, it’s now easier than ever to work on your project while being able to look up at a specific note or outline if you feel you’ve lost your place, or even add a new note with having to drop out of one screen, go into another, and come back. That tends to ruin the flow for most writers.
For non-fiction writers, there’s a template to help keep the format simple, as well as tips. Fiction writers: a name generator that even allows you to look up the origin of the name generated. And of course there’s an automatic save feature, so you don’t have to worry about saving every 30 minutes or so.
Its details like that making Scrivener a must for poets, screenwriters, lawyers, journalists…the list goes on and on, and you’ll be on that list next, too. Best of all, the free trial is enough for anybody to want to give it a spin. Go ahead, give a try. Check out all the features, and see that after that experience, Word just won’t do.
A Scrivener tutorial: character worksheets and freeform cork board
A Scrivener Tutorial: Outlining
Who Uses Scrivener?
Scrivener is used by all sorts of professional and amateur writers, from best-selling and aspiring novelists to Hollywood scriptwriters, from students and academics to lawyers and journalists: anyone who works on long and difficult writing projects. While many other writing project management tools impose their own workflows or limit themselves to fiction-writing, Scrivener recognises that all writers of long-form texts often face similar problems, and provides an array of flexible tools that allow you to do things your way, no matter what kind of writing you do. Those currently using Scrivener include:
- Short-Story Writers
- Academics and Students
- Comics and Graphic Novel Writers
Click here for Scrivener ($45.00)
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- Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting MasterClass
- Jim Uhls’ (Writer of Fight Club) The Screenwriters Toolkit
- Paul Castro’s The MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS OF SCREEN WRITING
- Paul Castro’s The Million Dollar Screenplay
- Stephan Palmer’s Good in a Room – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSION
- Michael Hauge’s & Chris Vogler’s Screenwriting & Story Blueprint: The Hero’s Two Journeys
- Karl Igelsias’s Writing for Emotional Impact – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSIONS HERE
- Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSION
- Linda Seger’s Making A Good Script Great – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSION
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