It’s the first day of February and it’s been a very productive day. I’ve been working on building my new screenplay for a few weeks now and today I hit a milestone. I completed writing out each of the 56 story cards for my screenplay. When printed it’s 12 pages of story beats. Above is the map of my fantasy land, currently called Puyallup. I also have close up maps of a number of the cities shown on this map. As you may have guessed I played Dungeons & Dragons when I was much younger and my mappings skills (for what they’re worth) comes from years of playing D&D and the Dungeon Master.
The story starts with the villain punishing the friend character. Some time later the hero happens upon the friend character before he dies. That’s the beginning of an adventure that the hero didn’t expect nor really wants to be a part of. I was really surprised when I was able to write out all 56 cards this morning. I just kept asking myself “What happens next?” and then I wrote it. Over and over again. I’ll keep you up to date as the screenplay develops and is then written for now I want to ask you a question.
What do you software do you use to write your screenplay with? While my first drafts are often written by hand (as will this story) I’ve started using a piece of software called Scrivener a brilliant program created by the team at Literature and Latte. I highly recommend it. Below is a screenshot of my current screenplay in their application.
On the left side of the screen are a number of different files starting with folders for each of the three acts. Below that is my character profiles followed by the different locations – both descriptions and images (the map files). The centre area is the work space. Here I’m showing some of the story cards I wrote today. The right side is the story card for the card highlighted. This is most helpful when I’m writing the screenplay for this card because the card text is always available. In the middle is the cards information (such as draft, when it was last modified and whether it should be included in the compile. The yellow note page is for general notes you may want to remember, such as details that need to be remembered from see to see.
I can’t do this software justice, I recommend that you follow the link over to the website and check it out for yourself. There are video files showing some of the details of the software. If you like writing in bits and pieces as scenes come to you – this software is for you. I think it’s great.