The NaNoWriMo before last, I discovered an awesome program. It's called Ommwriter (with two m's, like the chant). The entire idea is to get your writing to a Zenlike state—it takes over your entire screen, provides you with a soothing background, gives you zen background music and typewriter sounds, and just cuts you loose with your writing.
Like with using music, I've found that the Ommwriter background sounds get me into the groove of writing; when I see the screen and hear the music, something inside says, "Aha. Time to let fly." I often finish a session in Ommwriter and am blown away by the number of words I've produced.
Best of all? It's free. And for the extended version, which has more sounds and more backgrounds, you give an at-will donation ($4.11 I believe is suggested).
|A screencapture of Ommwriting in progress!|
This month I'm participating in the A-Z blog challenge. My theme is "writer hacks," or 26 shortcuts you can do as a writer to get the most out of writing and the journey toward and through publication. Find out more about it at a-to-zchallenge.com, and hop around to read the other cool blogs that are part of the challenge!