So you reckon you’re the next Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, or Dan Brown? Well, make sure that you’re using the right software to get your work of genius down. Today’s cloud-based writing resources make your projects infinitely shareable and accessible from anywhere, with drafts safely stored off your MacBook in the even that it experiences a hardware meltdown. The following are 9 essential cloud resources for writing your screenplays or novels online.
Celtx is free, simple, and ideal for anyone who’s just starting off in the world of screenwriting, playwriting, or any sort of writing for that matter It comes with an array of different, easy-to-follow formats. Though not completely online-based, it offers some cloud-based functionality like cloud storage and online collaboration.
Amazon Storywriter automatically formats your screenplay as you type, allowing you to focus on the story without getting bogged down in formatting details. It also can submit your script automatically to Amazon Studios for development consideration.
A perennial favorite of full-time screenwriters, Final Draft is widely considered the de facto standard in Hollywood for screenwriting software. Like Celtx, the software is not completely cloud-based but does allow for saving to Dropbox and Google Drive.
WriterDuet is a cloud-based offering known for its intuitive interface and general ease-of-use. Other notable features include real-time collaboration and seamless online/offline writing modes.
Plotbot is a cloud application that enables users to write screenplays alone or with friends. The tool is ideal for team-based projects or writers wishing to collaborate on an ongoing basis.
Functionally and stylistically similar to the online code versioning repository GitHub, GitBook offers cloud-based writing, editing, and collaboration resources. GitBook will not only help you to write a novel or a screenplay but also assist you in writing any sort of documentation (e.g., software manuals, user guides, and more).
Wordslingr is a cloud-based resource that streamlines the whole writing process, from outline creation and writing to editing to sharing, revision, and final publication.
Fade In is a popular screenwriting application with streamlined user interface and intuitive formatting tools. Though primarily a desktop offering, the software does allow you to save to your favorite cloud storage provider.
Storyist provides a myriad of ready-to-use formats for writing both novels and screenplays, so if you’re ambitious enough to be writing both a novel and screenplay—this may be the tool for you.
The search for inspiration and creativity is often likened to capturing lightning in a bottle. Finding the appropriate tools for getting these ideas down should be the easiest part. The preceding 9 tools are just a handful of online resources for today’s wordsmiths.