The Method

The Talking Draft Method is the fastest way for screenwriters and playwrights to create scenes – a writer records themselves performing the dialog and action lines, then the audio is transcribed, then the text is reformatted into a script.


We are the only way to do it automatically without clunky voice commands or tedious reformatting.

Label who-says-what with the press of 1 button AS you transcribe

If you can describe what you imagine, your first draft is done!

Why do a Talking Draft?

  • If you need a first draft fast
  • If you struggle to finish a first draft
  • To create distinct character voices in flowing dialogue

Some of the most prolific writers have used the Talking Draft Method to quickly produce first drafts & dialogue-heavy scenes – but few can afford a full-time stenographer while they record themselves acting out a scene. 

 

Today, speech-to-text technology gets us close, but playwrights and screenwriters still needed special customization…

Press “0” before you transcribe an Action Line.
Keys 1-9 are for your characters’ dialog.

Saying character names before dialog, or saying the word “action” or “tab,” ruins the flow, killing the joy of a Talking Draft. Also, reformatting a block of transcription text, manually noting “who-says-what-when,” is tedious.


Our solution notes with the press of a button who-says-what as you dictate the scene. You can dictate a 90 minute movie in about 100 minutes.

Easy as 1-2-3

Common questions

Only TalkingDraft.com frees you from annoying voice commands to switch characters & switch to an action line. A proper talking draft. If your goal is to get a first draft done fast, or to improv the dialogue so you have something to work with…we free you from any grammar and formatting ever slowing you down.

As you dictate your story, press & release the number buttons on your keyboard or screen to label who-says-what line of dialog. The number 0 is an action line. Numbers 1-9 are the characters in your scene. Press & release and then describe what you imagine.

Our online outliner is Free … and we give you enough speech-to-text time for a free spec script. If you need more time, a Feature length is around $5. In the future, we will offer a monthly plan for Pros who have tons of projects and are constantly cranking out scripts.
A microphone, a computer, and the internet. System Requirements: Desktop web browser with microphone enabled (Chrome 49+ | Edge 79+ | Safari 14+ | Firefox 65+)
Wherever you want. Our software outputs a specially formatted text file that you can import into your favorite screenwriting software which will automatically parse it as a script. There, you do your revisions.
You keep the audio file, just like you keep the text file. If you want to listen along to it later, you can. 
This is the digital version of the Howard Hawks Method. This is your pre-writing tool. Think of it like an audio recorder on steroids – steroids that are engineered in a lab to hulk you into a super-prolific screenwriter whose agents are flabbergasted that you go from a spitballed logline into a draft in one day.
We suggest you start with an outline. Our free outlining tool will help take you from your initial idea into the dozens of scenes (or however many) that make your story. Our interactive & responsive frameworks follow the guidepost systems taught by Aristotle, Blake Snyder, Chris Vogler, Drew Yanno, Frank Daniel, James V. Hart, Joseph Campbell, Peter Dunne, Robert Towne, and Syd Field.

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