NaNo: Writing Tools

   Posted by: Faith   in Creating Coldcuts

Today I have a simple question: Have any of you used Liquid Story Binder to write your novels, and what are your thoughts on it?

A few years ago, I stumbled across Writer’s Cafe 2, and really enjoyed the demo… but it’s a very simple program, limited in what it can do. This is both a plus and a minus, depending on how you like to write your novels. I enjoyed the simplicity at the time, but I was writing something that wasn’t very complex… and now that I’m tackling fantasy this year, I need a place to keep a gazillion threads/characters/notes/back stories organized.

So, anyone used LSB and enjoyed it? I’ve heard great things about Scrivener too,  but I’m a PC user (and always will be). Or are there other writing tools out there that you’ve tried and enjoyed even more?

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7 comments so far

Anglais Ro-zu

I love LSB and have been using it for a good few months – easy to use, loads of functions to play around with. My only neg point is that sometimes I get sidetracked from writing my actual novel because I’m too busy messing around with the software.

October 19th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

That’s a pretty solid endorsement! But I see what you mean, distractions can seriously mess with getting the writing done. I think I’ll download the demo and see if I can ignore the ‘extras’ during my writing sessions. Thanks for visiting and commenting :)

October 20th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m a pantster writer. I have a hard time planning. I feel like software would lock me in and stifle my creativity. I could be wrong. Maybe it’s worth at least checking out.

October 20th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Susan, even for pantsers I think it would have some benefit! It’s a great place to store character descriptions & keep track of people and places as you write. I know more than once I’ve had to scroll aaaalllll the way back through a WIP to remember something or other about a character or location, and it would have been a lot easier if I’d just kept a document with all the info separately.

But then, I haven’t used this program yet so I’m not sure what other benefits it could have for a pantser writer! Might be at least worth checking out :)

October 21st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I’ve heard of Scrivener but never this one. Good luck! ;-)

October 21st, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I’ve never used anything like that. I just scribble everything in a notepad and try to make sense of it later!

October 22nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Jessica — Thanks :)

Stephanie — That’s exactly what I always do! And then I have piles of notes in random places around the house… in my purse… in various documents on the computer… so I’m wondering if a program like this would be a good way to keep it all in one place. That is, if I can be bothered to enter it all into the program!

October 22nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm