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November 4, 2023

The Best AI Tools For Screenwriters In 2023

2023 has seen an explosion in the amount of tools available for writers on the market. If you're a screenwriter trying to get your script out there it's worth thinking outside the box about the kinds of tools you use to make your work stand out.

In this article we're going to break down some of the best tools for writers in 2023 including some brand new AI tools.

Let's dive into it.

Idea generation

The blank page has been the biggest challenge of any writer since humans first started telling stories to each other. How do you come up with ideas that are original enough to stand out but follow all the rules and expectations we come to expect from a screenplay.

2023 is the year that the blank page died. Thanks in part to the explosion of AI tools that have burst onto the writing scene.

By inputting basic plot elements or character descriptions into AI writing tools, you can receive suggestions on plot twists, character interactions, or even dialogues. These tools can provide a fresh perspective or unexpected suggestions that you might not have considered, thus pushing the boundaries of your narrative.

Additionally, AI can analyze existing scripts or literary works to identify popular trends or tropes within a specific genre, offering insight into what resonates with audiences. Moreover, some AI platforms offer collaborative features, enabling real-time brainstorming with other creatives, melding human and machine intelligence to concoct unique, compelling narratives. Through these means, AI acts not as a replacement, but as a valuable ally in the arduous yet rewarding journey of screenplay creation, offering a blend of analytical insight and imaginative spontaneity.

Chat GPT Plus and Claude 2 are two of the most popular tools for idea generation. Don't forget that if you want to research a topic or get ideas beyond Chat GPTs 2022 cut off date try using their Bing Chat or some of the great plugins avaliable.


If you're writing a sci-fi script, for example, then Consensus is your go-to. This tool summarises and synthesises research from academic paper. Never again will you have to wonder if your artificial gravity system on board your fictional spaceship does actually work in real life.

Consensus is an AI tool for research using academic papers

Consensus have recently releases a paid for Chat GPT plugin.

Chat GPT with Vision

This groundbreaking technology recently integrated into Chat GPT can push idea generation to the next level. It's an opportunity to merge the visual and textual realms, which can be incredibly advantageous for screenwriters.

Imagine you have scribbled down rough sketches, character notes, or even snippets of dialogue on paper. By scanning and uploading these handwritten notes into GPT-4V, you could harness the AI's ability to analyze both the visual and textual data.

Here's how you can use it to your advantage.


Begin by scanning or photographing your handwritten notes and sketches. These images now serve as a visual input for GPT-4V.

Uploading and querying

Upload these images into the GPT-4V system. You can then pose questions or prompts related to your screenplay ideas. For instance, asking GPT-4V to expand on a character backstory, suggest plot twists, or even generate dialogue based on the visual cues from your notes.

Idea generation with vision

GPT-4V would analyze the visual content alongside any textual input you provide, generating responses that could spark new ideas or directions for your screenplay. It might pick up on a character trait you've jotted down and suggest a corresponding character arc, or extrapolate a rough plot outline into a more detailed narrative structure.


As you interact with GPT-4V, refining your questions and providing additional input, the AI could help you in honing your ideas further. Over time, this iterative process might lead to a richer, more developed screenplay.


Additionally, the multimodal capabilities of GPT-4V could facilitate collaboration with other creatives. Sharing the AI-generated suggestions with co-writers or advisors could spark discussions and lead to collective idea refinement.

Arc Studio AI assistant

Arc Studio has developed it's own AI Research Assistant to aid screenwriters in their creative process if you don't fancy subscribing to GPT Plus. This feature provides a space next to your script where you can store ideas, research notes, meeting notes, and anything else related to your script. The AI research assistant is designed to answer your questions while you continue working on your dialogue, aiding in a smooth writing process without needing to pause and conduct research independently​​.

To utilize the AI Research Assistant, you would use a keyboard shortcut (Cmd + K on Mac or Ctrl + K on Windows) to launch the Quick Command Palette. Once launched, you can type your research question, then either click on "Start AI assisted research for [your question]" or use another keyboard shortcut (Cmd + R on Mac or Ctrl + R on Windows) to initiate the AI-assisted research​

This feature not only speeds up the research process but also helps in avoiding distractions often encountered while browsing the web for answers, allowing you to stay focused on your screenplay. The simplicity of invoking the AI Research Assistant with a single keyboard shortcut makes it a powerful tool for efficient and productive screenwriting, allowing for a seamless blend of creativity and technology to aid in crafting compelling narratives​.

Visualize your script

Harnessing the power of image generators like Midjourney and Dalle-3 can add a visual dimension to your screenplay, enabling a tangible visualization of your characters and settings. Here's how you can utilize these tools to bring the characters from your script to life:

Character visualization

Upload descriptive text about your characters into Midjourney or Dalle-3. These AI tools can generate images based on the descriptions provided, helping you visualize your characters' appearances, expressions, and attire.

Setting creation

Similarly, you can use descriptions of settings to generate images of various scenes. Seeing a visual representation of the settings can help in better understanding the ambiance and spatial relationships within your story.


By generating a series of images depicting key moments or scenes in your screenplay, you can create a rough storyboard. This visual roadmap could be a valuable tool for pitching your script or for guiding the direction during production.

Concept art

If you’re looking to create concept art, these image generators can be a starting point. By tweaking and refining the AI-generated images with your own artistic skills or with the help of a professional artist, you can develop detailed concept art that captures the essence of your script.


Sometimes seeing a visual representation can spark new ideas or insights for your script. The generated images might inspire adjustments to character designs, settings, or even plot developments.


Sharing these visualizations with collaborators can foster discussions and collective brainstorming. It provides a common visual ground that can help in communicating your vision more effectively to your team.


When pitching your script to producers or studios like Netflix, having visual material to accompany your narrative can be incredibly impactful. It helps in conveying the visual style and tone of your screenplay, making your pitch more engaging and memorable.

Feedback Gathering

Sharing the AI-generated images with a trusted group for feedback can provide valuable insights. It may help in understanding how others perceive your characters and settings, and offer a chance for refinement before finalizing your script.

By integrating image generators like Midjourney and Dalle-3 in your creative process, you open up a realm of visual exploration that complements the textual depth of your screenplay.

Let your creative Juices flow with these tools for screenwriters

Tools like GPT-4 Vision, Arc Studio's AI Research Assistant, and image generators like Midjourney and Dalle-3 are not merely tools but companions in your creative journey, each bringing a unique set of capabilities to the table.

2023 was the year where storytelling became a collaborative endeavor between human imagination and machine intelligence.

But by far the best tool on the market for any scriptwriter is Arc Studio specifically designed for screenwriters and used by industry professionals. Download it for FREE today.


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Harry Verity

Harry is a professional writer. His first novel The Talk Show was published in the U.S and the U.K by Bloodhound Books in 2021 and he is currently working on adapting it for screen using Arc Studio. He's also written for Media Magazine - a UK magazine for students of A-level Film, Media and Television Studies. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, Readers' Digest and Newsweek, amongst many other publications. He has just finished his second novel for young adults, set in a boarding school. He holds a BA in English from Loughborough University.

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