Writing in peace with WriteRoom

February 8, 2010

Writing text is a creative activity.  You are putting together thoughts with words and it requires a special kind of focus or attention.  Whatever distraction you might experience during your writing process will most probably diminish this attention and reduce the quality of your text or even put the very completion of it at risk.
That is why it is of good help to arrange your writing session in such a way that your attention is kept on the target.  Most of us write text on a computer, needless to say an invaluable tool for the creation of text, and one thing about computers and their interface is that they are very good at distraction.
The screen of anyone’s computer is fanfare of colorful elements.  They are even animated and jump around and make all sorts of noises, just to catch the users attention.  Mails keep popping in, newsfeeds never stop and there seems to be an endless number of windows and icons in our small Kingdom of the Desktop.  So when you turn from reading your way through this visual circus and start the creation of a text, which is by the way the very act that makes you the King in my metaphor, you need to focus.  It can be an email, a note for your self, a draft for a contract or even a poem.  Doesn’t matter what it is, the text you create is in most cases the most valuable “thing” you can put into and have in your computer.  So it should be of best possible quality.
I have found one tool for this purpose that is not only very effective but also quite beautiful if you can use that word.  This tool is a word processor called WriteRoom.  It clears the screen for anything except itself and has a very calm, simple interface.  You can set it in your own taste when it comes to the look of it but the beauty of it is the simpleness and the total absence of distractions.

This is how my screen looks now;

So if you want to enjoy your writing more and produce better texts, WriteRoom is definately a tool to recommend.  It is only available for macs and you have to pay 25$ for a license, but you can try it for free for 30 days.  Actually they should give it for free to me since I’m praising this product publicly, but this is just the way I am.  I never keep a good advice to myself.

Here is what Merlin Mann of 43 folders has to say about this;

“It’s a primitive application, to be sure — I suspect completely by design — but it may be just what the doctor ordered if you need to get your head out of your butt and put some words on the page. I can see myself spending a lot of time in WriteRoom.” — Merlin Mann, 43Folders.com

Tips and tricks of life

February 7, 2010

I will be writing about my hunt for the hacks of life.  Recently I find myself combing the internet for all sorts of productivity tools, tips and tricks that can be of some help in getting the upper hand of all the details in life.  I think it would be a good idea to channel some of my findings to this blog, maybe that would give this obsession of mine a meaning.  I mean, when you are totally unproductive because you are so busy designing your productivity workflow, well then there is something wrong.  So here I go.

My first tip is about getting a head start in your day.  It goes like this;  every day, before you do ANYTHING else, you get something important done.  Before you eat breakfast or shower or anything.  This way you will have made that day useful even before it really starts, and even if the rest of the day becomes useless and crappy you will still have your major point from the start.  If you make this a routine every morning then every day will be productive.  Read it here from the horses mouth.

I’m not doing this right now but I think I will give this a try.

Phonebloging is for emergency

February 7, 2010

In my previous post I proved to myself and my readers that blogging from a phone is possible.  It also displayed that you can add photos from your phone to the post.  This makes it possible to create “on the scene” kind of reports immediately published for my ever news-hungry readers.  But the real downside of phoneblogs is the difficulty to enter text, and the fact that you will end up with a very short note and it will most probably have some serious spelling errors.

I will give this form of blogging some experimenting to see if this has any meaningful use.  Stay tuned.

Exhibit A – from the phone

February 7, 2010

To prove my point avout blogging from the phone, I am writng this post, yes from my phone. I can even add photos from the scene of the crime.

The question is…

February 7, 2010

will I become an active blogger at all? Being the lazy slacker I am, it is somehow difficult to see my self writing daily posts. Most likely I will write a few nonsense posts and then the world will just wait for decades before wordpress deletes this profile. Maybe. Maybe not. Only time will show.

Well one good thing is that you can email your posts. This means that you don’t have to log into the website to place your post. Just write it in your mail application and send it to your blog. Which is exactly what I am doing now. You even can manage your blog from an iPhone app from anywhere. You could be standing in a crowded metro writing your blog and posting it. Nobody would suspect. Dirty bastard.

This blog will tell you the truth

February 7, 2010

If you want to become any wiser than you are it would be a smart thing to read this blog every now and then.  The reason is that I am going to tell the world the truth about it self.  Simple as that.