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The Most Popular Free Screenwriting Software for Writers

While it’s good to just invest in the professional screenwriting software of your choice, sometimes your pockets dictate your resources. Recently there have been lots of great feedback and chatter on these two screenwriting software choices from up and coming writers. For those who can’t afford something like Final Draft or Movie Magic, these two alternatives are a great start in the right direction and enough to get you going.

Celtx has paid and a free version of their software. Use industry standard editors to write Features, Shorts, Promos, Videos Commercials, Webisodes, and more.

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Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple. It is infinitely configurable.

Trelby is free software, that you can contribute to. Perfect for screenwriters on a tight budget.

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The Best Free Screenwriting App

Celts

If you have an Apple or Android device then this app will work great for you. You get to collaborate, use free backup storage and you can write formatted scripts.

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Helpful eBooks for Your Writing

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Learn to Write Stronger Story Concepts, Themes & Loglines

There’s a saying that “Concept is King”. I tend to agree with this. Think about it. The concept of your story is the overall idea at its most basic core. It’s what makes us want to read your book, screenplay or see your movie after millions of dollars has been spent on developing it. You‘ve probably read a book or screenplay that was well written with lots of clever wordplay, but when’s the last time you have heard anyone excited about a mediocre concept? For me, concept is king, but execution is just as important. After all, what good is a cool idea if the author can’t tell the story in the best way it could possibly be told? Imagine if the movie “Karate Kid” was just a movie about a boy learning karate and receiving a black belt at the end to make his single mother proud. What if “The Godfather” was just about an old mob boss who ran his organization with an iron fist then just died at the end of the movie. How would that be any different from the thousands of mob flicks we’ve never even heard of with forgettable plots? These are concepts you most likely would forget an hour after watching them on the big screen.

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How to Name Your Fictional Characters (Plus More Than 2,500 Names & Meanings To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing)

You know what’s just as bad as hitting a brick wall with the plot of your screenplay or novel? Hitting that same brick wall even harder when it comes time to give your protagonist or any other character that perfect name. Having the right name for your characters not only helps them to become memorable, but can help sell the story as well. Sebastian Dangerfield (“The Ginger Man”), Tony Starks (“Iron Man”), Atticus Finch (“To Kill A Mockingbird”), Luke Skywalker (“Star Wars”), James Bond (“Casino Royale”)…the list goes on. Imagine pitching your screenplay or novel with any of these character names.

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