An interesting article in the New York Times discusses how a small but growing number of Hollywood screenwriters are using software to complement their writing talents (originally cited in Renee Hopkins’ IdeaFlow Weblog). The article specifically mentions programs like IdeaFisher, Inspiration and Dramatica, and how screenwriters are using them to break through writers block, find just the right turn of phrase to spruce up a script. Users of these programs also believe that using them may give themselves an edge in an increasingly tight writing market:
“In a market where studio executives seriously consider only the tiniest fraction of scripts, aspiring screenwriters are increasingly hunting for an edge.” Idea-generation and scriptwriting software is already giving people like Roger Schulman, a writer for the new children’s movie, “The Jungle Book 2,” a perceived edge in getting the attention of moviemakers.
This article is an interesting glimpse into the lives of contemporary writers like Schulman and the tools they’re using to write, communicate and persuade more effectively.