Five fun pro tips for writerduet

WriterDuet isn’t just a great screenwriting/collaboration tool, it’s got a host of additional features that can supercharge your productivity and creativity.

Turn PDFs into Final Draft files. Anyone can print to PDF these days, but writerduet is an easy way to do it if you don’t know any other way to do it. What’s cool about writerduet is that you can import a PDF file (conversion, not scan) and convert it into a file you can edit.

Save links, images and video clips. in your script. If you’re into using reference (and you should be), writerduet makes it easy to save and organize these in the script itself. If you hover over any written element in your script, a camera/musical note icon appears on the left. Click that and paste the relevant multimedia asset there. Extending on that…

Create a soundtrack for your movie. I like to write my scenes to music. I don’t reference that song in the script itself, but keying each scene reminds me to work to a specific mood. The multimedia link is a great place to put that information and you can play it as you’re writing and rewriting that scene.

Reorganize scenes by moving them in navigator. The scene list on the left side of the screen allows you to click and drag scenes to a different spot in the story. Most screenwriting software can do this, but writerduet makes it easier and more intuitive. When I have a big chunk of action or dialogue that could go anywhere, I’ll give it its own slugline so I can easily move it from scene to scene.

Track individual storylines by hiding other scenes. If you check/uncheck the scenes in the navigator in the left hand side, you can hide those scenes so they won’t show up in the script. This is useful for just seeing love stories, B stories, specific threads. If a particular relationship isn’t tracking, it’s useful to isolate it so you can fix it by itself.

None of these tools are exclusive to writerduet, but the program is really intuitive and it makes it easier to do these things so it ends up being more generally useful. Agree, disagree? Have a hack that you like? Let me know.

Published by Matt Lazarus

WGA screenwriter offering in-depth writing instruction, notes, critique, and assistance.

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