Recommended Writing Program: OmmWriter

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Today, I’m going to introduce my favourite writing program ever. I’m open to discovering new programs if you have any recommendations, but so far, out of the many I’ve tried and used, OmmWriter is, hands down, the best. It’s just lovely.

A brief introduction: OmmWriter is developed by Herraiz Soto & Co. and is what they call a ‘Writing Environment for Mac, PC, and iPad’. Essentially, what it does is help transport you, the writer, into a distraction-free zone where the goal is to single-task (I know, that’s almost heretical in this multitasking day and age). They accurately sum up our modern lives:

As mere mortals, we also face the usual challenges of daily life: a multitude of windows open on our computer desktops, messages, emails, calls, meetings, and those crazy thoughts that pass through our minds.

Take my word for it. As a multitasker who has an impulsive disorder to switch between the plethora of windows on my laptop screen every 2 seconds, OmmWriter successfully helps to transition me into my writer mode where I can churn out thousands of words on end without once checking my email or Facebook or Twitter or YouTube or… you get the idea.

I’ll be running through the program in this post with various screenshots to give you an idea of what it’s like. Yes, that’s right, I will be trying very hard to persuade you to purchase this program. No beating around the bush. It’s good, it’s worth having. So, to begin, here’s what you see when you first open the application in full screen:

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There have been various version upgrades over the past few years, and currently it’s Dāna II. Notice the ‘Better Experience with Headphones’—the built-in soundtrack provides ambient sounds which helps block out ‘the humdrum noise’ that threatens to disrupt our ‘Concentration and Creativity’. Also, the moment you’re in OmmWriter, it stops all notifications (as it says in the top right), allowing you to disregard temporarily all the work you have to do which your computer tries so desperately hard to remind you of every bloody second of the day.

After the simplistic opening, it gets even more simple, and you’ll find yourself staring at this beautiful screen of white with a few bare, sparse trees. Isn’t it lovely?

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If you move your cursor, you’ll see this pop up:

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What you see is the text-box. Notice the ‘0’ at the bottom: that indicates the word count (fun tip: click the number and it’ll change to letter count). The buttons on the top right are the various features contained in OmmWriter, deliberately minimalistic to make writing the utmost priority.

As you begin typing, the text-box outline and the feature buttons will all disappear, and you’ll see the words magically pop up onto the screen, accompanied by typing sounds and background music (which you can mute if you choose to). It’s actually quite surreal and exciting. You can also drag the text-box into whatever shape or size you desire (be conventional, or be funky!):

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Let’s walk through the feature buttons. From top to bottom:

  • Text font: choice of 4 fonts

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  • Text size: choice of 4 sizes (00, +1, +2, +3)

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  • Background colour: choice of 8 colours (4 of which are shown below)

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  • Background music: choice of 7 sounds + mute
  • Typing sounds: choice of 7 sounds + mute
  • Document: 3 functions (save, save as, open)

And that’s it! Simple, minimal, bare, and a program/processor/environment highly conducive for writing. If until now, you’ve been burning with the wonderful ambition to write, but have found yourself unable to concentrate, give OmmWriter a shot. I highly recommend it.

Whether you write stories for fun or articles for newspapers or essays for school, it’s bound to help. Out of personal experience, I’d say OmmWriter is perfect for producing that first draft, which for me, is always the most difficult step in the entire writing process. I wouldn’t necessary say it’s great for editing, though it’s definitely possible. What I prefer is to start and finish a first draft in OmmWriter, then switch over to a more editing-friendly program to work on subsequent drafts.

Here’s the link where you can purchase and download it: Download – OmmWriter. It’s extremely affordable, and well worth dishing out the money for. They suggest a minimum price of US$4.11—that’s only £2.63 or ¥488! Best investment of my writing career.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go OmmWriter, go write!

[I’m very, very sorry for being MIA for so long. It’s the end of term and I’ve been frantically reading, writing essays, preparing for my dissertation to meet all my deadlines. 2 more weeks till Christmas vacation, during which I hope to post more! Thanks always for reading.]

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