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.
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.
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.
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?