The central idea of writing a script in Fountain is that you should be able to just start writing — as long as your text looks like a script, you should get correctly formatted output.
n.b.: Fountain Mode uses the Fountain 1.1 syntax specification. While some programs use custom additions to the specification, these aren’t considered official. For the greatest cross-compatibility, stick with the 1.1 spec.
|• Metadata||Key-value info at the top of your script.|
|• Section Headings||Outline your script with |
|• Scene Headings||Lines beginning with |
|• Action||Anything that’s not another element.|
|• Characters||Names are in ALL-CAPS.|
|• Dialogue||Text following character elements.|
|• Parentheticals||Text inside (parens) within dialogue.|
|• Transitions||Uppercase lines ending in |
|• Notes||Text within |
|• Synopses||Lines beginning with |
|• Center Text||Put your titles |
|• Comments||C-style multi-line comments (aka “Boneyard”).|