Script writing is the art and craft of writing scripts for the general public. The script can take the form of musicals, plays, novels, films, television programmes, and more. Each time you watch a show on television, visit the cinema, or read a book you are consuming the trials and tribulations of a script writer.
Script writing software is not designed to make writing judgments such as avoiding the use of cliches, jargon, and journalese, nor does it help with the rhythm and balance of the piece. Instead this type of software concentrates on helping the writer to present the text in an appropriate format.
If you have your heart set on writing a Broadway script, a Hollywood screenplay, or a best selling novel, good script writing software will save precious time. Unfortunately, there is currently a miserly selection of mature, open source script writing software available for Linux. The heavyweight in this category of software is Final Draft, a professional, industry-standard screen writing application. However, it is commercial software and not available for Linux. However, the Linux community has still mustered some credible open source alternatives.
Now, let's explore the 4 script writing tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Script Writing Tools|
|Celtx||Screenwriting software for writing and formatting a screenplay|
|Trelby||Simple, powerful, full-featured program for writing movie screenplays|
|LyX||The Hollywood document class suitably equips LyX for script writing|
|Pago||Screenwriting plugin for the Vim text editor|