Mac, You are correct in that we do not support the generating of Word files.
The reason for this is because scriptwriting software tends to cater to the stage or the big screen. Times are changing, however.
Recently, there was a Kickstarter successfully funded! Exciting news for comic writers everywhere! But all is not lost! Johnston provides plenty of helpful resources on his website, ranking this template among the best for writing comics.
PlotBot is an extremely cool scriptwriting program that never leaves your internet browser. This allows you to harness the power of online collaboration similar to an app like Google Docs.
You can write a script, save it to your account, and then release it to the PlotBot public servers where other writers can come and review your work.
If you do so, I recommend that you preface the script with a note, one which states that it is intended for a comic rather than a screenplay. You can choose to make your script publicly editable so that friends can work on the document alongside you. The script has a built-in copyright statement as well, offering protection from thieves.
MacOS and Windows Cost: Much like PlotBot, Adobe Story is browser-based, meaning you can access your script wherever you go. The free version of the software has the basic essentials, offering hotkeys and formatting shortcuts similar to what other screenwriting programs offer.
Windows and Linux Cost: Trelby is a sleek, open-source scriptwriting program that works across all operating systems. It has the features of paid screenwriting programs, but affords infinitely more customization.
But my favorite thing about Trelby is that you can see previous versions of scripts, allowing you to travel back in time and unearth discarded gold. If you have memory problems like me and forget what you wrote, the revision feature of Trelby is a godsend.
Features like the ability to create production timelines, manage prop lists, and schedule shooting days — essentially useless for our purposes.
But if you must get the best, check out the link and see if something tickles your fancy! His article even contains links to pretty rad templates for programs you might already own!
Take a second to support MakingComics.Making Comics: Script Format — The Beat. Hmm I remember ScriptFrenzy having a Word template for screenplays I think that could be pretty easily editted for a comic book script (they also have a thing for how to format a comic script, but no template as far as I can see).
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