Distraction and Procrastination are 2 of the largest bug-bears in the Writer’s World. Procrastination is a daily battle that needs to be fought aggressively but is purely up to the Writer for success. Distraction however is something that can happen if you use the computer for your writing.
Any occurrence requiring undivided attention will be accompanied by a compelling distraction. ~ Robert Bloch
Thankfully there are some amazing programs out there that allow us writers to work in a distraction free focus environment.
If you are a WordPress user, you will now see that the lovely developers at WP have made our blogging environment distraction free too. They have now added a full-screen option to both HTML and VISUAL writing modes. I am busy writing in the full-screen right now. I love it. It is clean: Just my words and I on a pale gray background which is uncluttered and distraction free.
I have been using WP for just short of a year now. It is my blogging environment of choice. I have had very few instances of problems. When I started blogging, I had no clue as to what environment was the best so I trialled a couple. Of all the ones I tried, which included Blogger, WP covered all the options I needed. It catches all my spam with Akismet. It is easy to post a page/post. My 2 favourite options is: 1) that it keeps a subscription page of all my favourite WP sites so that my inbox does not need to be cluttered up with subscriptions. 2) it is simple for readers to comment on any part of my blog, no annoying hieroglyphics Capture phrases to enter in, unlike many other blogging platforms. Now I can add a 3rd favourite option: The Full-Screen Option. If you don’t use WP already, it might be time to make the change.
What programs do you use for a better focused, distraction free writing environment?
My favourite is OmmWriter Dana II. I have been using this amazing program for about 6 months and can sum up my experience with two words: LOVE and ZEN.
“Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind” ~ Zen Proverb
OmmWriter is software that was initially designed for Mac users and then adapted for PC users. It is a simple txt edit program that allows you to write in a full-screen mode. Mmmhhh… Sounds like a lot of other software out there, doesn’t it? What makes OmmWriter unique is that the developers have put the focus on creativity. There are 8 different full screen backgrounds you can choose from. All of them either improve your creative focus with colours that are easy on the eyes and decrease eye-strain or they boost your focus with subliminal creative messages that are put there to inspire you. Another great tool in OmmWriter is the 8 different soundtracks. These range from classical music to the sound of a simulated womb environment with added heart beat. Prefer working around the sound of people. Try the library environment option: this simulates the sounds of a library. Now you can write in whatever room you want in your own house/office but Omm puts you in a library. If you still need convincing, the best advice I can give you: Try it for yourself!
What helps you keep a distraction free writing environment?
“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” ~Mark Twain
Now as for the other bug-bear: Procrastination. The best advice I can give you here is the simplest.
B.I.C (Butt in Chair)
Just Write“The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”
~ Mary Heaton Vorse
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6 Minimal, Full-Screen Writing Apps for Mac (appreaders.com)
WPCandy previews WordPress distraction-free editor (thenextweb.com)
Writer’s block (tiaden.wordpress.com)
How to cure writer’s distractions… (mjtwrites.wordpress.com)
Six Useful Tools To Create Distraction Free Writing Environment (mt-soft.com.ar)
Now More Than Ever: Just Write – WordPress.com (en.blog.wordpress.com)
Thursday Tip ~ Stop Time Takers (dragonflyscrolls.wordpress.com)
Distraction-free writing? I didn’t think that was possible! (6ftover.wordpress.com)