I've created a little tool for writers, playwrights and screenwriters to help us with our character development and plotting.

The idea was based on some old notes I came across while tidying up my study a few weeks ago. They were scribbled down while I'd been readiong David Mamet's Bambi vs. Godzilla, which must have been from a while ago as I'd forgotten I'd even read it.

The site forces the writer to explore the relationships between all of the characters (or as many actually interact or have some kind of impact on each other). Then it uses the motivations and desires that each character has to create plot points or actions that can be developed into small sketches.

I've implemented a cut down version of the Fountain markup language, so you can, if you wanted to, write the entire screenplay on there. Or, if you prefer, you can export the draft screenplay/notes as a text file, which opens nicely in Final Draft.

I wasn't sure if the concept worked, but I'm busy working my way through my screenwriting contacts on LinkedIn and inviting them to take a look, and I'm gettting to very positive feedback so far.

If you are interested, please do go and check it out. It's free to use (at the moment), and I'll probably give any beta testers continued free access should I decide to turn on the payment system I built for it.

You can find Scribomatic here...

Written by: Andy Coughlan

Published: Fri Jul 3, 2020

Links to this page: