Would you like to Write for TV or the Movies? Screenwriting (and then selling) is not an easy task, as I explained in an article for novice screenwriters.
Amazon launched Storywriter, a simple, free, auto-formatting Screenwriting tool for authors. Amazon Storywriter automatically formats your action descriptions, transitions, and dialogues into screen scripts. Writers can even work off-line thanks to a Chrome extension for both Mac and PC. The screenwriting app is free – not exactly top-notch – but it gives beginners an option to start their screenwriting career.
Storywriter may be mainly a means for writers to submit their show ideas to Amazon in a consistent formatting.
From their Storywriter’s Press Release:
“Amazon is always on the lookout for compelling new voices and interesting characters in series and movies that have the potential to become hits. Amazon continues to accept original scripts for feature films, primetime comedy series for adults, series for children between the ages of 2-14, and now for the first time also welcomes drama series submissions.”
“Amazon is dedicated to producing high-quality, original films and television series that customers love, and enabling more writers to obtain access to creative resources will ultimately help us discover great new talent. Just recently we were thrilled to debut the second season of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, a kids show that came to us as a script submission.”
The Benefits for Screenwriter-Authors:
Even though many screenwriters prefer still Writerduet, which one can also use for free, there are some benefits of using Storywriter:
- Securely store an unlimited number of scripts.
- Auto-formatting lets you focus on your story.
- Feedback from audiences even in early stages.
- Members of the Writer’s Guild of America are invited too!
- Amazon Original Series are available on Prime Video.
- Most options will be evaluated within 45 days.
- You can submit screenplays for comedy, TV series, drama TV series, and feature-length films.
Lots of questions about this new tool and considerations for writers are answered on their studio page.
As Always: Writer Beware!
The Amazon Studios Submission Agreement is a contract that governs your and Amazon Studios’ rights to the works you submit. If you want to submit a script or video to Amazon Studios, you will want to make sure you read and understand it first. Register your script or video content with the U.S. Copyright Office or with the Writer’s Guild of America.
If Amazon wants to option your screenplay, even if you are not a Writer’s Guild of America member, they will propose an agreement with terms that meet or exceed applicable WGA minimums.
Simply log in with your Amazon account to access Amazon Storywriter. This writer-friendly software takes the pain out of formatting, with features including auto-format as you type and import/export of PDF, FDX and Fountain formats. Screenwriters can write online while their scripts are saved as they work, knowing all their material is being stored securely in the cloud.
There are dozens of professional screenwriting software packages available beside Screenwriter, such as Final Draft, Movie Magic or Celtx Plus, however they are not free. See also detailed software reviews and comparisons in “TopTenReviews”.