What some aspiring Writers might not realize is that there is a standard way to write a script. Among those rules is using 12 pt. Courier font. Not New Times Roman. Not 16 pt. Not anything else based on the hope that it’ll make the writing “stand out.” It might, but if anything, it’ll indicate to the reader that the Writer isn’t well-versed enough to use the most widely accepted formatting elements.
Why should it matter to the Writer what the reader thinks? Because their script might be going into the hands of a reader for a contest, fellowship program or production company with the ability to push it towards a win or greater recognition.
And while it’s possible that the inherent script idea is the next big thing, that reader may never know it because they’ll stop reading ten pages in. Why would they stop? Because the lack of proper formatting makes them believe that the Writer is an amateur.
The upside is that it’s incredibly easy for aspiring Writers to use proper script formatting. The most popular software — Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Fade In and Celtx Plus among them — provide prompts throughout the screenwriting process, making it simple and straightforward for Writers to format correctly.