The past month I’ve taken to re-cultivating my love for writing fiction. I’ve been quite out of touch (which presumably shows up in my recent writings) but I am trying to get back into the groove. This usually strikes me when I have some pressing matter to attend to and is therefore suitably rushed and gives way to easy distraction.
Word 2010, with all its gorgeous reference markups, font styling and other bells and whistles is quite handy in these situations. However, it is also chock full of things I want and do not need. A two minute search for the synonyms of a word ends up as a two hour internet voyage; from an obscure word that pop ups with Shift+F7 to no less than twenty tabs open in Chrome about the word, its roots, images pertaining to the word and so on and so forth. Also very prevalent is the ubiquitous green underline that tells me that this sentence could somehow be better.
Knowing these shortcomings, I turned to the internet to suggest distraction-free word processors. After a bit of searching and some unsuccessful tries, I stumbled upon WriteMonkey, and boy am I glad that I did.
WriteMonkey has everything that I wanted a huge amount of customizable features, full-screen distraction-free writing environment and even the close-to-tray option.
Every option is tucked away neatly under the (slightly large) pop-up menu, and it even has a spell-checker to boot; although I’d be using Word’s spelling and grammar to proof my story once before publishing/saving it for good anyway. Some of the more useful options that I had never thought about are also present in WriteMonkey such as creating a new text file from the clipboard’s contents. Unabashedly useful and extremely light, WriteMonkey is the one tool that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a minimalist, distraction-free writing environment.
WriteMonkey is an installer-free Windows-only software that makes use of the .NET Framework (2.0+) and is developed by Iztok StrÅ¾inar as a freeware (with minor donor benefits).
Do check the self-explanatory screenshot of WriteMonkey.