I continue my quest to hunt down information about new tools for the utmost optimization of your time and satisfaction of your needs. This week I have Grammar Bird of Prey Tessa Bazelli to talk about her experience with Liquid Story.
My search for the perfect PC writing tool continues, but in the meantime I've found one that I can live with. I've been using Liquid Story Binder, and for novel length fiction I’m never going back to MS Word.
* The workspace is customizable. Liquid Story will remember which windows/tools you prefer to have open. You can change the contrast and colors of the text for comfortable reading without impacting the format of the final manuscript.
* It only takes only a few clicks rearrange chapters and scenes.
* Notes and character profiles can be grouped together with a chapter for easy reference.
* You can set word count goals and dates for each project, draft, and chapter by chapter. It displays a little progress chart, times your writing, updates the word count as you type, and will let you know how many words per day are still needed to reach your target.
* It will not auto-correct as you type or distract you with spelling / grammar.
* All your writing is saved as text files so if you do not have Liquid Story installed on a computer, you can still work on your novel.
* Lightweight. I can fit the entire program and all my files on a USB stick. It’s not a memory hog either so it runs fast.
* Built for novelists and screenwriters. Some of the functionality is better suited to screenwriting and I find I don’t need to use half of the features.
* The interface for the storyboard and outlining modes works better for screen play work than organizing a novel. The boxes are way too small, and not made for arranging text.
* It’s not easy to figure out how to use it at first.
For straight up writing, Liquid Story Binder is great. I've got my workspace set up with black text on grey, to cut down the contrast, and keep my eyes comfortable. It’s got stats to satisfy my inner data junky. I can save all my files on a USB stick, take my novel with me anywhere, and work on it on any computer. But for all my writing needs? It falls short.
I guess I'll stick to outlining on paper, or come to think of it, maybe what I really need is an IPad.