OmmWriter: Increasing Your Productivity

A couple of weeks ago, I found out about this great program, called OmmWriter. When I read about the program, I was a little skeptical. However, for the low price of $4.11, I decided to give it a try, since it came highly recommended.

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Now I don’t know how I made it through college, as an English major at a liberal arts school, who did nothing but write papers. When I was in college, I made do with Paramore and Holiday Parade while I wrote my papers, but honestly, the calming, yoga-class-like music that OmmWriter uses does promote more concentration.

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 This is what you see as you type.

When you pull up OmmWriter, it advises you that the program is best experienced with headphones, and I have to agree. It eliminates all distractions. You can change the music; there are seven options from which to chose. Additionally, instead of having the typical word processor background, like Word, or typing your post in WordPress, you can change the background. Not only are the backgrounds soothing, it prevents you from flipping between internet tabs while you are drafting the post.

As far as saving the documents, you can save it in a specific .omm format or in a .txt format, which will make it friendly for sending to other people.

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All of the options are on the right side and the word count is on the bottom.

Omm-Writer doesn’t provide any type of spell check or formatting. It’s like a really upgraded Notepad. When you are finished, you can copy+paste the text out of OmmWriter into the word processor or website of your choice because there is no formatting. Also, like Notepad, if you paste text into OmmWriter, it is stripped of all formatting.

Aside from formatting the text later and adding pictures, I have found that using Omm-Writer has cut the drafting time of my posts down considerably. I can write two or three posts in one sitting, provided that I’m inspired.

I don’t use OmmWriter if I’m writing a post that is picture heavy and word light, like a Cinnamon Cold Coffee recipe, but for something that has more words, like this post or When Life Doesn’t Feel Right. In fact, sometimes I just use OmmWriter as a type of journaling space, if I’m having a hard time handwriting that day. I don’t print them out and tape them into my journal, but maybe I should!

Do you have any “must haves,” in your writing process?

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Personal Journaling: 5 Tips On How To Start

When I created my 101 in 1001 list, I put “create a personal journaling habit” on the list. I am happy to say that I’ve crossed that one off the list. Not a day goes by without my trusty journal!

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5 Tips For Starting Your Personal Journaling Habit:

  1. Buy something pretty that you’ll want to use!
    I have tried this a few times, but I always bought a journal that wouldn’t lay flat. Instead, this time, made sure that my journal would stay open as I wrote in it. There is nothing more discouraging than fighting to keep it open while you write.
  2. Pick a place to write.
    I tend to sit in the same place every time that I write. Now, I associate sitting in that spot with writing. Additionally, I also tend to drink my favorite Rooibos tea when I write–usually at night.
  3. Just start writing!
    When I first started, I simply wrote down the events of each day. I wrote what I did. I wrote how I felt. Sometimes, I would reflect on those events, but other times, it was more of a middle school diary.
  4. Dig deeper.
    Now I don’t just recount my daily events. Yes, I write about what I did or am going to do, but I reflect on the implications. It is cathartic to simply write out my feelings, uncensored. I write my prayers, no matter how pretty or unpretty they might be.
  5. Use a structured journal.
    A simple Amazon search pulls up all types of structured journals that can help you with anxiety, depression, or certain stages of life. I’ve seen a few fun ones that encourage your artistic and creative sides, too! (I haven’t tried it, but Wreck This Journal appears to be a best seller on Amazon).
    Instead of using these, along side my “digging deeper” during my personal journaling, I use the space in my journal to work through workbooks that accompany different devotionals or books that I am reading. For example, I am using The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes by Robert S. McGee.
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Writing Under Pressure

So, several months ago, I agreed to write a guest post for the Sverve blog, which you can now read here (5 Tips to Connect with Your Blog Readers). Honestly, I had forgotten all about it. Like ALL about it.

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The first email that I received asked about a date in October. That seemed easy enough (to forget). What I really forgot was that the contact person followed up and switched the date to June 27. On June 25, I received an email asking for my draft by June 26.

I looked at my husband and told him that I didn’t know what to do. The post was supposed to be educational in nature and relating to blogging. Furthermore, the post needed to have a pinable picture and 500-700 words. Since my Fibromyalgia was flaring, I thought about backing out. I didn’t want to back out because I knew it would be good exposure for my blog, but I wasn’t sure that I could write about anything that anyone would care about–especially blogging tips. This little baby has only been up and running since February. I didn’t think that I could add anything to the vast body of tips relating to blogging.

Since I am a verbal processor, I started talking to my husband, who knows nothing about blogging. I told him about all the posts that I’ve seen about bloggers who either chose to write when they feel uninspired or chose not to write when they feel uninspired. Fortunately for me, I haven’t hit that yet place yet.

Since my main goal for the blog was to reach out to other people with Cervical Dystonia, which has evolved into simply connecting with others regarding a more universal human experience, I thought that I could offer a few tips on connecting with blog readers. Once I committed to my topic, the words just flowed out of my brain and through my fingers and on to the computer screen. All of my self doubt went away. I was proud of thee post. Honestly, I was a little jealous of myself that I can’t post it on here.

Answering comments and reading other people’s blogs, aside from writing, is my favorite part of blogging. Reading other blogs inspires me. Comments motivate me and connect me with other people. They even connect me with new, real friends.

Now I’m not as afraid to pick a topic and write. I used to wait for an outline-like inspiration to hit me or chose the easiest topic possible. Now I want to challenge myself to write about what I know, but not just the fluffy stuff. Anyway, I am really happy that I accepted my challenge, which was only a challenge because I forgot to write it down my deadline.

How to you set new challenges for your blog?

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