Wouldn't it be nice if you could buy a piece
of software that could write the perfect screenplay for
you? All you would have to do is enter the plot and characters
and out pops a screenplay for you to turn into movie. We
have not reached that point yet in screenwriting software,
but there are some very good programs that are providing
needed help in the screenwriting process.
The screenwriting programs usually come in two
flavors: Stand Alones and Add-ons. Stand Alone programs
are self contained into themselves, and are dependent upon
no other piece of software to function. Add-on programs
are templates and plug-ins that work in conjunction with
another piece of software, usually Microsoft Word or Corel
The piece of software you choose (if you choose
one at all) depends upon how much help you think you need
to write your screenplay. If you are a novice, and may need
help on not just formatting but also story development you
may want to go with a Stand Alone program. Stand Alone programs
are more expensive than Add-ons, but they give added help
to the screenwriter in plot and character development, as
well as formatting. If you think you have the story down
cold, and just need some help in screenplay formatting the
Add-on programs will probably be fine for you.
Please remember this about any software you
buy: IT WILL NOT WRITE THE SCREENPLAY FOR YOU. A bad, or
uninteresting story will still be bad and uninteresting
after using screenwriting software. So, before you get any
software do your homework and make sure that you have a
story worth writing. You never know, if you have your story
down good enough you maybe able to write it old school style
with just the proper tabs being set in your word processor
(We wrote our first draft out in long hand).
Wikipedia has a great list of current software you might want to checkout.