Hey SB! Thanks for the find!
I used to own a copy of LSB some time ago. I got it as a free one-day promo from the GOTD
website. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the license was only for that version. So when I innocently upgraded it to the new edition that came out a few weeks later, I lost the free license. I hadn't used it all that much at that point (only two very rough first drafts) so it wasn't a major issue. I just grabbed the files I created, went back to using WriteMonkey
and MS Word
, and tried to stay organized.
I did keep meaning to order LSB however. But somehow...I never quite got around to doing it.
Just goes to show that procrastination pays!
Or at least it did this time...
It's geared towards writing in a general sense although there are plenty of tools a fiction writer will appreciate. But it should also work equally well for a picture book, a piece of non-fiction, or a magazine article.
It's basically a sophisticated file manager/organizer that provides a collection tools you can group into functional 'workspaces' to assist in creative and organizational tasks. Each workspace can have more than one tool open. And you can customize and save workspaces as needed. I like to think of it as a writing desk on steroids.
Here's the drop-down menu of tools to give you an idea of the functions they provide:
Some screenshots of tools and workspaces:Liquid Story Binder: Excellent Liquid Story Binder: Excellent Liquid Story Binder: Excellent Liquid Story Binder: Excellent Liquid Story Binder: Excellent Liquid Story Binder: Excellent
It's a very flexible arrangement. All the tools use floating windows. So your workspace can be set up with as much or as little "stuff" as you like. Macintosh and AdobeCS users will feel right at home.
Need to have a clean space in order to write? More creative with a cluttered desk? LSB lets you work either way.
Some things I really like about it:
- It doesn't use a database, or proprietary file formats.
All files are stored in standard Windows directories. And your files are saved in RTF format for maximum compatibility with other software.
- It's pretty!
Appearance is very important to me. Especially when it comes to anything I'll be staring at for hours at a time.
Unlike some other software (i.e. Save the Cat, DramaticaPro, etc.) LSB doesn't require...or "strongly suggest" any particular 'method' of writing. You can use as much or as little of the feature set as you like. And you can use the tools in any order - or combination. I'm normally a very organized and focused writer. But there are times when I just want to start writing and see where it takes me. LSB can accommodate either mood.
- Fair & sane licensing terms.
The software is licensed to you - not your machine. You can load and register it on as many machines as you like with the understanding that only you should be using it. Registration is via a simple cut & paste text key that doesn't require an online connection. No hokey "genuine advantage" type nonsense down the road either.
You can always try the full package for free for 30 non-consecutive
days to see if it works for you. Doesn't get any fairer than that.