Helping you to connect with the writer within
When all else fails to keep you focused on your work, set up your ideal working environment with ZenWriter. This software allows you to create an ambience that suits you personally through backgrounds, music and keyboard sounds.
I downloaded the free trial version which is limited in its features (the full programme is purchased at $9.95 – roughly £6.98 from www.beenokle.com) although I’m quite impressed by what the free trial can do. Choose a background image to set the scene that inspires you the most, either from their gallery or upload one of your own. Add the mood to this background by choosing ‘day’ or ‘night’ filters. If you like to listen to music while you write then select a soft melody from the music library to fill in the silence but not distract you- I do believe that in the full version, you’re able to import your own music!
And if you want to feel like you’re click-clacking away on a typewriter, then you can activate this sound which responds to your typing.
The layout is simple and incredibly easy to use. You have your title at the top and your word count at the bottom, everything else sits incognito in a neat, vertical menu on the right hand side of the screen which only appears when you hover your mouse over it. Spellcheck waits quietly in the bottom corner should you need it and documents are saved in a clear, tidy archive that dates all your manuscripts. Follow ZenWriter on Tumblr for software updates and command shortcuts as well as tips on how to use it to its best ability.
This is a great way for writers who can’t help but switch between various social network sites when sat at the computer, or can’t think clearly on top of television, traffic or general background noise. It’s even just nicer to look at, for those of you who find the blank white page on Word too cold and harsh.