7 Best Screenwriting Apps for Creating Great Drafts

One can argue that downloading a screenwriting app isn’t the first thing they teach you in media school. And almost all the best screenwriters wrote their best works without the help of any apps.

However, in changing times, a screenwriting app might just be what you need to get going. Screenwriting has become an increasingly challenging task these days. In order to streamline your efforts, you might need an app or two.

Below are seven best apps for screenwriting. As pointed out by Michael Hass who helped us draw up this list, these apps are mostly premium and in no particular order.

Celtx Script ($5.79, available on iPhone and Android)

Celtx Script is believed to be the number one app on iTunes for writing scripts. Celtx Script allows you to work on your script conveniently anywhere and anytime. This ability to write scripts on the go becomes doubly important as the app allows you to sync your data with your online studio.

The app also allows you to share stuff with your friends. You can keep everything at one place and also keep your peers in the loop.

Final Draft Writer ($19.99, available on iPhone)

Final Draft Writer is an expensive app, there is no denying that. But if you are willing to look past it, the app has many features that are worth the price. The app lets you write, edit and read drafts on your various scripts.

The app also help you format the scripts and keep everything synced with your Dropbox and emails.

Fade In (Mobile) ($4.99, available on iPhone and Android)

Fade In is very similar to Final Draft and many people see one as the other’s alternative. Fade In focuses on formatting your documents. There are various script styles and tools. Also there are predefined characters, locations and scenarios. The app syncs with Dropbox so your up to date work always stays with you.

Index Card ($2.99, available on iPhone)

Index Card is not a screenwriting app strictly speaking. But it can prove to be very important for writers. It allows you to organize your writings and keep everything in one place.

Being organized is as important as anything for a writer and Index Card helps you does exactly that.

Scripts Pro ($11.99, available on iPhone)

You can use Scripts Pro app in addition to any screenwriting software you are using. Scripts Pro allows you to export and import your scripts that you have created in other software.

Storyist ($14.99, available on iPhone)

Storyist is an app I recommend most among these. Unlike some other apps, Storyist assists you in creating the actual stories itself. It has a text editor that actually allows you to pen down your thoughts.

There are predefined features such as plots, sketches and characters. You can use these app as a launching pad for a great story.

Weekend Read (Free, available on iPhone)

Weekend Read is the only free app in our list. It was created by John August. The most unique thing about the app is that it is a screen reading app not a writing one.

The app’s primary function is to let you read screenplays and aid you with fonts and screen sizes for a better reading experience.

Author bio: Nuur Hasan is a software developer, web developer and a technical writer with more than seven years of experience. He believes that sharing knowledge can do wonders and that is why he likes to blog. His other interests include politics and sports. 

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