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  • Leader
    May 14, 2017
    I can't stress how important proper formatting is.

    Readers eventually grow tired of reading scripts (many are godawful) and look for excuses to stop reading. DON'T GIVE 'EM ONE! Improper formatting is the only acceptable reason for a reader to "pass" on a script without reading the entire thing.

    If you're really serious, get Final Draft. Anyone hired to write in the Industry will be expected to be familiar with FD. But it's not cheap. FD runs around $200. So for now, here's a freebee: https://celtx.en.softonic.com/

    Celtx is free, and although I've never used it, many people get started on it, and it works good enough. Get it. Or FD. Now.

    For writing software, go to The Writer's Store https://www.writersstore.com/

    As for all that other writing software (save the cat, storycraft, etc.) don't buy it without telling us about it first. Some of it's useless, and much of it is specific use stuff. But it's all expensive. And story and character generators-- don't even get me started.

    So this week we'll cover formatting from the ground up, starting with film.