Would you recommend that a beginning writer use script writing software? If so, do you prefer a specific program?
I used the style sheet formatting on Microsoft Word for my first few scripts, partly because screenwriting software was still in its infancy, and partly because I was too broke to buy any other program. If you already have a capable word processor, you can certainly get by with that, particularly if money is tight.
I now use Final Draft, which does a remarkably good job with a lot of the script formatting drudgery. It’s worth downloading the free trial version to see if you like it enough to spend $199 for it. Given that 80% of my day is spent using that one program, it’s definitely worthwhile for me.