Write screenplays online, alone or with friends.
Plotbot is a web-based collaborative screenwriting application where you can write a screenplay with as many or as few people as you like. Adopting the wiki approach to screenwriting, each element is editable by any member of a project. You can also comment on, delete or restore any element.
Through the buzzwordalicious magic of AJAX, you can quickly and easily write your screenplay from almost any browser. You just click to edit any element and push submit to store it—no cumbersome page reloads! Editing your screenplay works just like this:
We have both private and public projects. Only the people that you invite can read or contribute to a private project. Your screenplay is stored in fragments in our database, so only members of the project can read it. If you create a project, you have precise control over who you allow to do what on your project. If you just want people to comment on your screenplay, no problem!
Why write online?
The best reason to use Plotbot is to collaborate with other writers—partners or strangers! It's difficult enough to work with another person, let alone keep an updated version of your document. With Plotbot, we do all of that work for you. You and your partners can all write online—even simultaneously—and we'll keep track of who wrote what. You can revert to earlier versions, edit, or comment. And soon, you'll even be able to vote on which parts of the screenplay you like.
We realize that writing online opens a whole different can of worms than writing on your laptop in a coffee shop, and we've been careful to preserve the privacy of your writing. Our system is constructed such that even the administrators of the site cannot read your private screenplays, and we back up our data every day to insure that you won't lose your work.
At any time, you can download your screenplay as an XML or RTF document (easily imported into Final Draft) to continue your work offline. All screenplays have a built-in copyright statement that the project creator defines (all rights reserved, or a range of Creative Commons licenses) and each member agrees to when joining the project.
Why did you make Plotbot?
As film school graduates who both work on the web, we thought it would be a lot of fun to have a site where people could write a screenplay together. At first, this was going to be a small, simple application. And then it got out of hand.
We do think that we're on the way toward making a great collaborative screenwriting tool. The public projects are a lot of fun, and the private projects allow people to write together more productively than traditional screenwriting tools.
How do I get started?
You just need to register!