I’ve never considered myself much of a writer. I hated it in school growing up, and I’ve never thought I’m any good at it. I guess that the real issue is that I just never found a writing format that works for me. Until I started writing scripts.
Since 2007, I’ve written 7 full length movie scripts and I’m in various stages of three more. During this time, I’ve used a lot of software to help me get a script formatted correctly: A Word macro called Drama Dog, Celtx, Final Draft, Trelby, Adobe Story and Fade In. The last feature script I completed was the still unproduced “Leap: Revelation”, and that script was ran through four of the above mentioned programs.
As an artist and filmmaker, I’m always looking at my workflow and trying to improve it. This goes for the writing stage too. For the past three years, Fade In has been my software of choice. It’s clean, elegant, stable and looks better than Final Draft. As a bonus, the entire software interface can change it’s colors (not just the page color, but the entire program!) Why is this helpful? Sometimes, when I hit a writing block, I find a drastic UI change can be all that’s needed to get me out of my rut. A simple thing like going from dark to light works wonders.
I’m not really sure where I was headed with this, but that’s what’s on my mind. 56 pages into the new script that Trex suggested, so that’s awesome!