The writing process isn’t simple at all. Besides having to deal with things like writer’s block, modern writers face many other problems. They have to write under strict deadlines, in an environment that isn’t always comfortable and quiet enough, and, moreover, they have to deal with so many additional things that become necessary as technologies improve: file storage, document formats, unstable Wi-Fi, and so on.
However, technologies not only complicate the writers’ lives but also simplify them. There are various tools that can help writers with their work – and today we’re going to talk about the most important of them: the text editors.
For some of us a standard Mac or Windows text editor is enough; some, however, prefer the ones that are more functional, structured, or, on the contrary, minimalist. In this article, I’m going to review various kinds of text editors, so it will be easier for you to choose your new favorite.
1. Hemingway App.
It is an online app with a paid desktop version. While Hemingway app might look like a simple text editor at first, it is actually much more than that. Basically, it’s a powerful proofreading tool that helps you improve both your grammar and your style by noticing the most common writing pitfalls and explaining how to fix them. If you are a book writer willing to preserve your unique writing style, it might not be very helpful to you; however, if you are a blogger, a copywriter, or a professional working for a paper writing service, it could help you a lot.
This desktop app will be especially helpful for book writers. It is designed to help you make the most out of the process, carefully organizing all the files, separating your research notes from the main writing, keeping track of your progress, and even offering some additional motivation. You are able to set word count targets to achieve and work offline, which is extremely important for those writers who get distracted easily.
Its design is another feature worth mentioning. Scrivener has a corkboard layout where you can write on index cards. It looks just like as if you were writing this manually on paper. This will be especially pleasant for those of you who prefer to do it the old-fashioned way but still have to switch to computer work.
Feel like you might use some extra help to concentrate better? Well, Ommwriter can definitely help you with that! It’s a minimalist writing software that is designed both for PC and Mac but also has a mobile app for iOS. It comes for a small price and allows you to work offline.
Ommwriter’s design is very simple: you can choose a background color and you will see the list of standard formatting tools on the right part of your screen – and that’s all. Basically, every detail of this app is designed to help you concentrate on the writing process instead of getting distracted by the variety of tools and options. You can choose one of the 7 tracks that are meditative enough and can help you stay focused. You also can choose to turn the sound of keyboard off or on (it might seem a bit distracting, especially if you’re writing on your iPad, but some writers do find it helpful to concentrate).
The main drawback of this app is also its simplicity. It could be hard to write something big (like a book or an eBook) with the help of this tool – but it is still perfect for things like blog posts and articles.
This free app is similar to Scrivener yet much easier to use. It isn’t as complex as Scrivener and its design is also much simpler. However, it is just as great to work with.
If you are a book writer, you should definitely check yWriter out. This app is simply amazing for organizing and keeping track of your writing process. It breaks huge chunks of text into smaller ones, allowing you to focus on them later. It allows you to add notes with the names of the characters mentioned in this text fragment as well as add short descriptions of these fragments.
As you see, this software can help you with various kinds of writing work, starting with smaller writing pieces like blog posts and ending with the bigger and more complex ones like book drafts. All these apps allow you to work offline and I actually recommend doing so unless you need the internet to look for some additional information; you will write more and the result will probably turn out to be better than if you write online, getting distracted by various notifications.
You can choose one of these apps or check out all of them; stick to a text editor only or choose some other mobile and PC apps that can help you with the writing process (for example, a proofreading tool, a planner, or a timer). Either way, I hope that you’ll be able to make the most out of your writing process and I wish you good luck with that!