There are a lot of aspiring writers out there. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say how great it would be to become a full time writer and sit in a quaint little coffee shop somewhere penning down the next great American novel, I’d be a very rich man.
The first bubble bursts when the person sits down on their laptop with MS Word open and nothing comes to mind. It doesn’t feel like the romanticized version of being a writer you had in your head, does it? Not ten minutes have passed by and you are already checking your Facebook, then you follow a link to go check out videos of funny things babies do on YouTube which eventuallyleads to browsing random Ebay auctions. So much for focusing on writing, huh?
Fret not; at least until you finish reading this article. Let me introduce you to Creawriter, a unique ‘writing’ program for Windows that is bound to have an instant effect on your writing productivity as well as creativity. How so you may ask ? Let me explain.
Firstly, take a look at the screenshot below.
That’s the main screen of the software. That’s it ! No clutter and no zillions of menu options. It serves its purpose by employing two rather unorthodox approaches: It’s a full screen program which hides everything behind it whether it’s your Firefox windows or the Yahoo messenger. This ensures that you don’t get constantly distracted by other things happening on your screen.
One important thing you will notice is the lack of toolbars, buttons etc. The idea is to provide only the very necessary features to make a simple unobtrusive interface. This helps you pay more attention to the actual writing than towards selecting the perfect font from a library of 2000 fonts or to spend an hour selecting color schemes. The small menu only appears when you move your mouse pointer towards the top right area.
As you can see in the screenshot below, the menu provides you with only the necessary options and is very easy to navigate through even for a novice.
Onto the second unorthodox approach. Visual and aural stimulation. Creawriter has a background images and background sounds feature. The idea is to make writing an experience, and provide a distraction free writing zone enhanced by background visuals and ongoing sounds like rain, faint music, the beach, etc. It’s pretty easy to change the background images and sounds based upon your mood for the day or based on the subject on which you are going to write. Using the transparency feature you make the background image visible at all times, especially if visual stimulation is your jug of tea.
So, if you’ve always wanted to write sitting next to a river in a picturesque cabin in the mountains, this is the closest you’re going to get. Simply change the background picture and sounds to suit your needs.
Creawriter hides the productivity killing distractions behind its full screen interface and instead provides you with visual and aural stimulation to get you in the right mood for writing. Give it a spin and see your writing productivity reach a new level.
You can download Creawriter here. The link is at the bottom of the page.