Sunday, October 10, 2010
Billy who has made "finding interesting and entertaining stuff for me to look at" one of his life's works, found me this application for writers.
It's a free download for the Mac at http://www.ommwriter.com/en/
In some peculiar way, I like it. OMMWRITER provides a clean, white environment for writing. No menus. No nothing to disturb the muse.
(You can also choose eggshell or gray. Or grey. Isn't the English grey just some how grey-er, all soupy with fog and sorrow? I just taught the English spelling to Spellchecker. She's weeping, just a bit, at the sorrow and fog of grey. )
But I digress. The app also provides a landscape of snow and spindly winter trees that frankly I do love. It reminds me of the cover of Tinkers by Paul Harding, the Pulitzer winner of 2010 which you should read. (Mini review!)
AND, as an extra added bonus, OMMWRITER lets you select a pleasant New Agey music of bells or chimes. Or blessed silence. I do enjoy the musical bells and I do find them restful, but if you were writing something long, I'd guess that about two hours into the trance of bells, you'd suddenly wake up and slam your laptop up against the wall. I guard against that kind of overreaction to extreme bell exposure. I love my laptop.
There's an article at http://www.tuaw.com/2010/10/09/writers-software-month-ommwriter-d-na/ that describes this app in more detail. October is Writers' Software Month. I did not know this. I get the feeling that writers are this amazing, growing demographic that commerce is reaching out to. That's nice. But I myself would rather be reaching out to the demographic Readers. Rather be on the Reaching End of commerce, if you get my drift.
At any rate, here's my first quick take on OMMWRITER (I wonder if it always has to be UPPERCASE.)
It's ... just for fun. I would never commit a novel, even a novel I might be writing at the rate of 1667 words per day and under the influence of La-La-Go-Away Juice, to something that plays music and is saved as a text file. Phillip Roth, for example is not writing his next novel using OMMWRITER. His lip is curling, even now. Phil, stop hanging out at my blog. Go. Away. Write something.
But if I were doing a rough, just for fun, kind of outline for my NaNoWriMo adventure -- pre-outlining is permitted, perhaps even encouraged -- I might enjoy doing so on a clean, snow-covered, tree-lined page with the sound of distant bells.