All About Highland 2.5 Last week in Los Angeles, about 100 screenwriters gathered in a Hollywood penthouse bar to celebrate the latest update to screenwriting software Highland. The Mac-based app was created by BIG FISH, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and ALADDIN screenwriter John August. Highland counts Hollywood heavyweights among its fans, including Michael Chabon who said: “It is truly such a beautiful app. I have more genuine affection for it than almost any other: the way you love a favorite hand tool or kitchen knife.” So, what makes this app so intriguing? A few things … 1) It was created… Read More »5 Cool Things About John August’s Highland 2.5 Screenwriting Software
Click onto any writers’ group on social media (such a Bang2writers on FB – join now!) and you won’t have to scroll far to find posts asking “what screenwriting software do you use?” There are a lot of options out there, some of which I talked about in my Top 5 Tips For The Long Distance Screenwriter article for B2W back in 2014. But that article was written B.W.D. – Before WriterDuet! There’s my top 5 reasons why you should be using it too: 5) Collaboration Collaboration with other writers is easier than ever in the digital age, and WriterDuet makes it… Read More »Top 5 Reasons To Use WriterDuet Screenwriting Software
One of the most popular articles on B2W is Which Screenwriting Software Is The Best? (Paid For And Free). It was written waaaay back in 2009, so lots of the tools listed are now obsolete, especially the free ones (though I do try and keep it updated). So when Mia got in touch with this review for free screenwriting tool Trelby, I jumped at the chance to share with you Bang2writers as I think you may like it. I will also add it to the original post, HERE too. If you want to review another free screenwriting tool (which I… Read More »Top 5 Reasons To Use Trelby Screenwriting Software
Some down to earth, practical tips from Russ today for new writers: is this you? What I like about Russ’ advice is it gives new writers ACTIONABLE steps to get started! So take some pointers from a guy who’s been there and done that! Thanks Russ 😀 (NOT a new writer? Then I’d love to hear YOUR tips in post like this, but for writers at your level – check out the guest post submission details HERE). Enjoy! Got an idea for a script? Want to become a writer? Well, here are my top 10 tips for any newbie writers.… Read More »Top 10 Tips For New Screenwriters
Final Draft is the industry standard when it comes to screenwriting. Right now, until November 7th 2013, you can get Final Draft 8, reduced from $249, down to $149 (£92) when buying online. We use Final Draft in our office and have written all our scripts with. The producers we know all use it on their productions too. And version 9, a massive new upgrade, is about to get released. OK to get it reduced from $249 (£150) to $149 (£92) use the discount code LSWF13 during checkout (after you have clicked the big yellow BUY NOW button). Link here…… Read More »HUGE DISCOUNT: Buy Final Draft For Nearly Half Price, Plus FREE FD9 Upgrade
Bang2writer Erinmaochu asks via Twitter: What software are people using to write novels on these days @celtx or other examples, or simple pen and paper? First up, I use Microsoft Word. It’s what I started with, it came with the machine and it’s got everything I need (for those wondering, format-wise that’s 12point Times New Roman, double spaced. End of). A straw poll of Bang2writers revealed MS Word to be the most popular choice, with Scrivener and Word Perfect close seconds. Writers’ Cafe, CeltX, Write Way Pro and Final Draft also figured. Here is a great list of writing software to trawl through… Read More »Quick Question: Novel Writing
Want a FREE PRINT copy of Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting? Then look no further… The guys at Packt Publishing have kindly provided me with one for a lucky winner! If you want to win this book, then comment/leave your name and email address IN THIS POST by 5pm, FRIDAY JUNE 3RD 2011, for a chance to win. I will get one of my spawn to pick one of the names at random after this and arrange for the book to be sent to you. Please pass this opportunity on to all your writery friends!
Packt Publishing have got in touch to let Bang2writers know about the Celtx Open Source Screenwriting Beginner’s Guide. You can access a free sample chapter here. As a hardcore Final Draft devotee, I haven’t read the book but I know many, many Bang2writers are BIG advocates of CeltX, so figured I’d pass on the details. At £30.84 it’s quite expensive, but then CeltX itself is free and this book promises to help users get the most out of the software. I’d argue anything that helps you with how your script looks on the page is a good investment, especially when… Read More »Make The Most Out of CeltX Book
I’m slammed with writing work at the mo, so just dropping in to let you know the newest version of the screenwriting software CeltX is out now. CeltX is completely free and my favourite of all freeware format tools, though personally I’m a Final Draft user and always will be. Download CeltX 2.7 here. Not sure what software to go with? Read my round up and others’ recommendations here.
[Kept updated as much as possible] All About Software One question new writers always ask in the B2W Facebook group is whether they should buy screenwriting software. So hello to Michelle who asks: “I’ve heard mixed advice from everyone on the screenwriting software issue… Some advise getting it, others say there’s no need for expensive software, at least not until you’re in the thick of it. What’s your take?” Biiiig question! Ready? Let’s go … There’s lots of software choices now Some people like screenwriting software; others see it as an excuse for a company to make shedloads of cash.… Read More »Which Screenwriting Software Is The Best? (Paid-For & Free)
I’ve been writing so long now I started on a typewriter. Seems mad now; you can’t delete typos, you don’t get multiple copies (can’t store them either) and maybe it was just me, but I always used to get my eight year old fingers stuck between the “s” and the “z”, taking the skin off them. Ouch! I never came across Final Draft until I became a script reader; at university I always used MS Word and manually formatted as I went along. God it was dull! And time consuming. Final Draft’s price tag put me off at first; I… Read More »Final Draft 8 – Review
Like many of you out there I use Final Draft and whilst it’s certainly not perfect, it’s the one I find most serviceable and least annoying, even though I must only use about a tenth of the applications. Basically then this is a Q for those out there who know their way round this software better than I do (which is not difficult, admittedly, my cat probably knows more about FD than I do). In the “file” bit on the far left handside, you can go to “new screenplay” and you have the basic spec template, even I know that.… Read More »Template Question