Quote: Lazzard @ 26th October 2018, 5:02 PM
Crindy, does WriterDuet remember your character names, scene heading etc and autofill as you go? it seems if Teddy struggles with grammar/formatting etc that would be a really good feature. I only ask (to quote Bernard Breslaw) as I'm often asked the "is there free software out there?" question and I find it hard recommending Celtx, as I found it quite clumsy to work with.
The world will come round to Scrivener one day!!
Yep, remembers character names and scene headings. Lets you move between formatting 'bits' just using the tab key (Scene -> Action -> Character -> Parenthetical -> Dialogue -> etc) so you can rattle off 30 pages without needing to touch the mouse. Supports dual dialogue. Stores every act/scene in a panel on the right of the screen so you can jump to wherever you want in a script, even to the point that you can re-order entire scenes by just dragging and dropping. Even supports drafts/revisions to some extent on the free version.
But also, given what Teddy's already written, I've found it's very intuitive at picking up semi-formatted text and converting it (mostly) correctly. I like to vomit draft stuff in Word myself every now and again, and if I just copy/paste my terribly formatted Word text into a new WD file, it mostly shifts everything to the right format (still needs a few passes through to make sure it's done everything properly, mind you).
I'll definitely check Scrivener out, because it definitely sounds like it's good value (certainly much cheaper than the full Writerduet version), but as far as entirely free scriptwriting software I've used goes (Celtx, Amazon Storywriter, various plugins/MS Word templates), I've not found anything better than WD. My only big concern, as I mentioned before, is keeping an outside backup or three of any writing I do on there, because it seems to be a fairly small-scale operation that you could see having some sort of horrible data SNAFU twelve months down the line. But I guess backing up work is a no-brainer whatever you're using.