Most probably the typewriter and paper will be replaced with a computer and printer and a word processing software package.Luckily there are some word processing applications that don't cost a fortune and there is even free scriptwriting software that you can choose from and free desk top publishing software should you wish to write a travel guide or start a magazine.
Desk Top Publishing
Serif PagePlus - PagePlus is the award-winning desktop publishing software that enables you to create stunning documents for your home, school, business or club - no experience required.
Scribus - Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK colour, separations, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation.
Lotus Symphony - Office productivity software that is intuitive, easy to use and provided at no charge. Lotus Symphony was voted office productivity office software product of the year for 2008 by Datamation Magazine readers. In what can only be described as an upset, newcomer, Lotus Symphony, beat out Microsoft Office, OpenOffice2.3.1,ThinkFree Office and other nominees.
Open Office - Open Office is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
Roughdraft - RoughDraft is a freeware word processor for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP. Although suitable for general use, it has features specifically designed for creative writing: novels, short stories, articles, plays and screenplays. It's designed to be as practical as possible, offering all the features you need, but without being complicated or awkward to use.
Screenforge - ScreenForge v1.1a is a combination of three MS Word templates that work together to create a Script Cover page, Title/Fly page, and the Screenplay itself. It has been designed with the formatting rules outlined in the book, The Complete Guide To Standard Script FormatsÂ Part I:Â The Screenplay, by Hillis R. Cole, Jr.,Â and Judith H. Haag.The Screenwriter''s Bible, by David Trottier, also contributed some useful screenwriting elements. ScreenForge provides the means to easily write a screenplay in the accepted Hollywood format.Â It frees the writer to concentrate on the expressive craft of writing rather than the rigid rules of formatting, while maintaining the familiar interface and functionality of MS Word.
Scriptmaker - ScriptMaker is screenwriting software which formats your screenplay to professional standards. Freeware and trialware versions are now available.