On today’s Awesome Resources for Creative Writing post, we’re going to look at a new tool for writing: Celtx. (Thanks to Jordan Harris for this one!)
You may already use MS Word (like me), or perhaps you prefer Scrivener, Evernote, or some other word processing software. But you may just find that Celtx has a few features that can come in handy if/when you branch out into other forms of writing–i.e. scriptwriting, screenplay writing, comic book writing, etc.
Celtx is a program designed for writing screenplays/scripts, and it’s highly recommended for those who want a cheaper program. The basic software will run you from $10 to $15, though the Plus package will cost up to $250. It comes with a wide range of tools that can help you write scripts, including storyboarding, location features, scheduling tools, and more. It will even format your script according to the typical Hollywood format. There is a free-to-use version, but with fewer options and functions than the pay-to-play one.
While it may be designed for screenplays/scripts, it’s easy to use for writing novels as well. The software can convert stories between formats, and it will save you a TON of time if you decide that your novel/comic book/screenplay would be better in another format.
Celtx has a few features many novel-writers will love, such as:
Digital index cards, which will make it easy for you to organize multiple stories, characters, plots, settings, etc.
Distraction-free full screen writing, which sets the program to occupy your entire screen so you don’t get distracted by anything running in the background.
Writing session timer, ideal for those who have a limited amount of time in which to write, but don’t want to be watching the clock.
Writing progress reports, which will help you (and any writing partners) stay abreast of your progress on the work.
If you don’t want to spring for the pricier MS Word or Scrivener, Celtx has A LOT of features that makes it a good option for just $15. Definitely worth a look!