Residing deep within my heart of hearts is a screenwriter. Outside the heart I’m just a screenwriter wannabe with a few expensive tools, including the famed Final Draft. Today I’m turning over a new leaf. I have a new Mac and a new writing app.
Slugging And Plugging Slugline
Writing a screenplay is not child’s play. Screenwriters must adhere rather closely to an industry standard, which is where Final Draft excels.
It also excels at separating me from my money every so often, so I’ve decided there’s less pickup money under my new leaf.
Enter Slugline, a relative newcomer to the Mac writer community, an app which is at once familiar and usable– which means it swings both ways.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I live in San Francisco so I know of that which I speak.
Alright, back to screenwriting. That’s what Slugline does, but in a way far different from the more expensive, complex, often convoluted but popular Final Draft.
Slugline follows the trend toward minimalist writing, which I think is a euphemism for fewer features. It’s distraction free, prints out documents which look, fell, and smell like those from more expensive brand names.
An outliner is integrated into Slugline, and text can be formatted with the built-ion Courier Prime font and other text stylings. Instead of having to learn a bunch of tools just to write what you feel, Slugline keeps it simple with a distraction free mode.
Yet, even in simplicity, there’s room for notes, scene synopses, and standards. For example, Slugline uses the free and open Fountain screenplay format (think plain text). That means you can use any decent text editor or word processor to create, then pull it into Slugline for final formatting.
I’m an outline junkie and Slugline’s implementation of outlining is worthy. Start with an outline and organize it on the fly as you fill in the elements. What you see on the screen is what Slugline will print.
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at screenwriting but hesitated because Final Draft’s $200 price tag seemed like too much of a gamble, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Slugline.
It’s the new screenwriting leaf in town.