re: Writing Tools
eeeek! Can't believe someone hasn't has mentioned Storybook
yet! It's free and open source. http://storybook.int...e=home&g_lang=enCurt
had a post sometime back about it:http://www.donationc....msg103468#msg103468
I found Storybook's interface and methodology to be a little cumbersome. But there are two people in my writer's group that think it's the best thing to happen since White-Out. MBW trying out.
I'm currently in the process of getting my arms around Liquid Story Binder
. I got a free copy a while back. I really want to like this app. Consequently, I'm putting a lot more effort into using it than I normally would for this type of software. My usual procedure for selecting writing software is to give the candidate app about a week's worth of exercise. If it seems useful - and it doesn't encounter any showstopper issues - I'll usually keep it. Otherwise the superb Revo Uninstaller
makes it's appearance, and the little bugger is history.
Some things I like about Liquid Story Binder are:
Can be run from a USB (I'm big on portable apps.)
Uses non-proprietary file types (RFT,TXT,etc. Great for sharing with my Mac & Linux cohorts.)
Nice outlining features (Do all my brainstorming in outlines)
Full screen minimalist editor (aka WebMonkey - one of my favs)
That drop-dead gorgeous
(to my eyes anyway) interface. It invariably turns a few heads whenever I'm out someplace. Perfect for striking up tech conversations; or (to return to our previous 'searching' discussion) breaking the ice with that random attractive intellectual type seated across from you.
(We get inspired and motivated however we can!
LSB gathers so many neat things under one roof that I am really bent on using if I possibly can.
In case you're interested, my current Writer's Suite
- Dramatica Pro - IMHO the single best piece of software for writing that's out there
- WebMonkey - the ultimate no-frill first draft editor
- PowerWriter - a writer's outliner on steroids
- Microsoft Office Word - the ubiquitous text tool
- FinalDraft - the sui generis
script formatter. (No point fighting it. It's what gets used in 'the biz.' )
- SEO Note - yet another tree-based notes organizer. (I just happen to like this one.)
- PrimoPDF - Your basic PDF generator. Adobe Acrobat without the tariff!
- FileHamster - version control for when you don't need something as powerful as Subversion
- Allway Sync Portable - folder synchronization tool. Perfect for USB flash drives.
- USB Disk Ejector - excellent utility. The safest, easiest way to unmount your flash drives.
- A drawer full of reference CD/DVDs (dictionaries, encyclopedias, e-books, etc.)
- Dragon Naturally Speaking - voice recognition software. (See my caveats in earlier post above)
- My home library - as you might guess, I have a huge number of books!
- Digital voice recorder
- A ring full of 2 & 4 GB USB flash drives. One project per drive for when I'm on the road.
- A big box of index cards of various colors
- 3 Corkboards (homemade) and a big box of pushpins
- The biggest magnetic whiteboard I could afford
- Post-It Notes - used in conjunction with a whiteboard, it's an unbeatable combination
- Pilot G5 gel pens in various colors. (IMHO the best pens in the world!)
- Gevalia Coffee - my favorite poison. Ridiculously expensive. (and worth every penny as far as I'm concerned!)
- A bunch of 'writerly' friends - to bounce things off (and share a Guiness with)
- Alexis - my Blast-proof BS Detector
and personal 'reality check'
- One of those new subnotebooks to replace my aging Compaq laptop.
My current favorite is the MSI Wind. (What I actually end up getting will be determined by what's out there when I finally get around to buying one. I've been dropping hints since the holiday season is coming up. Be interesting to see if anybody takes the bait.
So there you have it!