Dis­trac­tion-Free Writ­ing

The Economic Times - - Personal Technology -

When you’re sit­ting down to write, a quiet and dis­trac­tion-free area can be a big help. Though some­times, a com­puter screen is enough dis­trac­tion in it­self, not to men­tion the word pro­ces­sors that we use. If you want some­thing ba­sic, try CalmyWriter ( www.calm­ly­writer.com/on­line) in a browser tab and go to full screen mode. You’ll see noth­ing ex­cept a white screen and your text. For­mat­ting op­tions can ap­pear if you se­lect some­thing and a hid­den menu on the left lets you down­load your text, in­sert images or switch on fo­cus mode (only the para­graph you’re writ­ing stays in fo­cus).

An­other favourite of ours is Writ­er­sBlock ( www.writ­er­sblock.io) and they take a ‘forced’ ap­proach. You down­load it to your PC as a stand­alone pro­gram (no in­stal­la­tion is needed) and you can set a goal like words typed or min­utes. For in­stance, if you set a goal of 1,000 words, Writ­ers Block will not quit un­til you have typed those 1,000 words. You only see a white screen and a draft of your work is au­to­mat­i­cally saved ev­ery 10 sec­onds. The free ver­sion is free for­ever but you can add more fea­tures, up­dates and sound­tracks for ei­ther a one-time pay­ment of $10 or $19.

And if th­ese two don’t work for you, you can try the very spir­i­tual (but paid) Ommwriter ( www. ommwriter.com). It is avail­able for MAC, PC and iPad and they have a min­i­mum price of $5.11. As al­ways, there’s a dis­trac­tion free en­vi­ron­ment plus you can choose from mul­ti­ple calm­ing back­grounds, au­dio tracks and key­stroke sounds. Some writ­ers claim that hear­ing the sound of a key­stroke (like a type­writer sound, for in­stance) pro­vides more fo­cus and helps get the job done faster.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.