Professional writing software like Final Draft is not necessary when you’re just starting out. There are cheaper alternatives.
We used to recommend Celtx, but since going from free to a paid model and “browser only” interface, we haven’t tried the paid version.
A free, cloud based option is Amazon Storywriter. It’s bare bones, but nice for short scripts. You need an Amazon account to login. It’s based on Fountain, a plain text markup language for screenwriting. For more Fountain-based programs, visit here.
With any cloud software, it’s important to back up your work to your home PC. Don’t rely on web apps to save your files forever!
- Amazon Storywriter – browser based for any platform
- Screenplay Formatter – free plugin for Google Docs
- Trelby – app for Windows or Linux
- Celtx web app subscription – browser based, $14.99 monthly
- Celtx Mac app – $19.99 – Mac only
- Fade In – $79.95 – Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
- Final Draft – as low as $169 on various sites
- Highland – $29.99 – Mac only
- Movie Magic Screenwriter – as low as $129 on various sites
- Slugline – $20 for Ipad/Iphone, $40 for Mac
- WriterDuet – browser based, first 3 scripts free, then $11.99 a month