I’ve been writing for quite some time through blogging, article marketing, and a fiction thriller novel, and I’ve used programs from WordPerfect to Microsoft Word, WordPress’ in-line editor to offline blog-editing platforms, and even long-document apps like Scrivener and Storyist.

Sometimes, I’ll even pop open a new notebook in Evernote and start typing away (mainly for the syncing capabilities).

But if I have a choice, I usually prefer a minimalistic editor that supports full-screen modes. I can write much quicker this way, and I end up getting a lot more done. Currently, I use a nifty Mac- and PC-based application called OmmWriter, though I also like Byword (Mac-only, I believe) and iAWriter.

Why do I prefer a full-screen, so-called “minimal” text editor?

  1. Full-screen writing. First, the full-screen mode of these apps allow me to block out everything else on my MacBook Pro—and if you’re a geek like me, there’s usually a LOT going on between my desktops, TweetDeck, Mail, and other “perpetually-open” programs. Rather than quit them all, I can just open OmmWriter and not have to worry about losing momentum.
  1. Minimalism. Ah, what a catchy buzzword these days. Minimalism is one of those words that are thrown around a bit too much, kind of like “Web 2.0″ and “synergy.” But true minimalism should actually promote focus, concentration, and distraction-free writing. OmmWriter takes the full-screen mode a step further, by adding in built-in ethereal music (I promise, it’s not annoying) and typewriter sounds.
  1. Editing. When I’m in the zone, I can pop out a few thousand words without a break. If there are multiple blog posts or ebook content that I’m working on, I’m often tempted to just press “Publish.” OmmWriter and other writing tools are a step removed from the publishing process, meaning I’ll have to Copy-Paste at least once before I’m able to push my content into the world. This forces me to look over my text for errors, typos, and weird sentences.
  1. Desire to write. I really should be tempted to write 24/7, but truthfully, as many writers can relate to, I simply don’t want to all the time. Minimalistic writing programs really make me WANT to write—as I know I don’t have to log in to any online tools, close programs, or do anything other than open up a new document.
  1. Better writing. Overall, I’m not just noticing a huge increase in my productivity (on a 3-hour plane ride, I produced about 5,000 words of publishable content—not “first draft” kind of stuff), but also better quality in my writing. I’m getting more succinct and to-the-point, and when I pause for a second to think, I’m not tempted to check email, Facebook, or Twitter.

I could probably go on, but you get the point. OmmWriter (and other similar programs) have really helped me see what I’m capable of as a writer and content producer (which is great when you need to pump out a bunch of articles, stories, and posts on a regular schedule), and it’s helped me to know my potential.

If you have a similar experience (or a different one!), drop a line in the comments section and let us know. Everyone’s different, and I love hearing about other ways to increase writing output and quality!

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