Writing Tools: Write Monkey
I have written before about the nice little program Plume Creator, and how it can be very helpful for organizing a large project and keeping on track.
My post on the topic can be found HERE.
Plume Creator helped me incalculably to finish my first book. I used it to keep track of chapters, scenes, even characters. But the most useful tool in the program was the distraction-free writing application.
Write Monkey takes that idea and does a much better job of it. When you launch the program, it immediately full-screens, covering up your taskbar and notifications. It also doesn’t have an onscreen toolbar, you can right-click to get all your file and editing options. So, from the moment your start, there is nothing but your words, and a tiny clock and wordcount in the corner. It is amazingly freeing and focusing, to have no other distractions but your own words (which can be quite a distraction themselves!).
The main drawback of Write Monkey, as compared to Plume Creator or other writing apps, is that is doesn’t really help your organization. You need to keep your files and data saved on your own. Though, I have started keeping my outlines in Word format anyways after finishing the book.
Right now, as I focus on smaller pieces of writing, Write Monkey is more appropriate for me. Maybe if I start working on another novel, I will go back to Plume Creator, but for now I need the writing tool more than the organization one. The only large project I am working on now is the series with Fiction Vortex, which is a collaborative effort with other authors writing in the same fantasy universe. That forces me to run all my outlines and synopses through the team, so I won’t forget or lose any bit of it.
Anyways, I urge you to check out Write Monkey if you have trouble concentrating while you write. I has been very helpful to me.
And speaking of Fiction Vortex, the Kickstarter is still active for our new reading app. You should head over and check out the promo video for Fictionite. Support the platform that supports me!