Can I write a script in Word? Or can I use Google docs? There are sometimes the basic questions of beginner screenwriters. Once they know the format of screenwriting perfectly, they start using a free software like Kit Scenarist or Causality or trial versions of Final Draft & Celtx.
Writing in Google Docs or Word can take time. Because you’ll have to do the formatting and indenting manually. I don’t prefer this myself as it does not offer a lot of things like storyboarding and cards. But if you still prefer to write a small scene, here’s how to write it.
Let’s look into the basics in the screenshot below.
1. Writing in Google Docs
Open Google Docs and then format it like the script format below:
Font: 12- point Courier
Top and Bottom margins: 1 inch
Left Margin: 1.5 inch
Right Margin: 1 inch
Characters: Centre of the Page
Dialogue: 3 inches from left
Parentheticals: 3.5 inches from the left. They are never at the centre.
- Scene headings INT. / EXT. should start from 1.5 inches from the left.
- Characters should always be in CAPS
- Parenthetical should always be in small letters and not more than 3-4 words.
- Transition should be to the right.
2. Writing in Word
There is obviously no difference in the screenplay format. In Word, first make the font to 12 – point Courier. You can use the Styles to save the scene heading format, character format etc. Take a look below:
Here’s how you can do the characters:
Do this for Transitions and the rest. Start typing and apply the headings to those lines.
My advice is to download a software and start writing. Read more scripts, practice writing and then start applying to screenwriting contests to get feedback to improve. If you have a good story and format is perfect, may be you can win too.