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Unclutter your writing room

Posted by Michael on January 19, 2010 in Sights and Sounds |

In the virtual room that is our modern day writing room the clutter is enough to make any Dick Van Dyke trip and fall on his way to filling the blank page with words.

Whether we use a PC or a Mac, a laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet. The metaphorical desktop that is the standard of nearly every modern operating system has become a veritable junk drawer with distracting little helper apps commanding our attention every so often. They come in all shapes and sizes from new email notifiers, operating system security updates, severe weather bulletins, to network signal strength indicators and rotating wallpaper images.  And their unspoken goal is to keep you from doing what you came to your writing room to do… WRITE.

What is a writer to do?

Talk a walk with me, and enter a room with two doors; one labeled WriteRoom for Mac the other labeled WriteMonkey for PC.

writeroom

Both applications give back to the writer what modern advancements in technology hath stolen, focus and concentration.

Launch either application and you enter your own writing room.  Your browser and email client disappear, the clutter of folders and files on your desktop vanish, your writing room is clean, dark and silent.  A single blinking cursor awaits your every command.

Bringing you – the writer – back to the place in which the writing is the most important event of the moment.  No formatting necessary, just you and your keystrokes producing that which makes you a writer.

The applications are very similar though uniquely different.  While WriteRoom is a shareware application, WriteMonkey is free, though a donation will be rewarded with a file that personalizes the splash screen with your name next to the “Writer:” field.

Neither application would qualify as full-blown word processors, but that’s not what you need when your goal is to get the words from your brain through your fingers to the page.  And both applications make it a delight to do just that.

writemonkey

I have to give WriteMonkey a slight edge in making writing a fun filled experience because typing Alt+S toggles on/off the built-in typewriter sound effects that bring a nostalgic flair to your modern life.  I just wish the team at Hog Bay Software would add that feature to WriteRoom since I do most of my writing on my Macbook Pro.

Try one of these apps out today, and let me know your impression in the comments.

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