I got asked to review the Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting – Beginner’s Guide book.
And I said no.
Well, because I won’t review something without having actually read it and I don’t want to read a ‘How To’ book for a program I don’t use. To be honest, the only time I’ve come into contact with Celtx is when a writer I was working with sent me a Celtx file and I had to type the damn thing out again because there’s no way to output it to Final Draft or Word or anything I can actually use.
That’s why I said no.
They said “Oh, go on.”
And I gave in, because I hate disappointing people who’ve asked nicely.
So they sent me the book. A proper book, not one of those eBooks which obviously herald the end of the world and are Satan’s cunning plan to … um … save trees.
Anyway, I’ve read it now and, while it’s hard trying to review the book without resorting to criticising the program … here goes.
It’s a good book.
It’s very, very detailed and goes right from idiot level (how to find the program on the Internet and install it) all the way up to stuff which is, frankly, beyond my ken.
If you use Celtx, or are considering using Celtx, then it’s a useful book to have. I learnt quite a lot about features I didn’t even know Celtx had. Features I don’t particularly want, but at least I now know they’re there if I ever feel the need.
I couldn’t find anything about the two features I would like Celtx to have, so I’m assuming the program doesn’t do them since it seems unlikely the book would have left them out – it really is that detailed … but not boring. It’s written in a friendly, conversational style with lots of examples and exercises to prod you in the right direction.
There’s even a chapter at the end about what to do with the scripts when you’ve finished them – how to market them and so forth. That’s quite useful even if you don’t use Celtx.
So, yeah, there you go – Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting – Beginner’s Guide – it’s good, it’s detailed, it’s available to buy here.
Now, I’d quite like to review a Ferrari if that’s alright with you Italian chappies? Just pop one in the post and I’ll let you know what I think.