Disturbances and loss of the ability to focus seem to be the curse of modern world. All these social networks, messengers and ideas of “what to google” can make it pretty hard to concentrate on writing. But sometimes you just need to “unplug” in order to finish a good text, whatever it is: a blog post, an essay or a book.
There are software applications that allow you to do exactly that. Often you don’t need billions of formatting options, smart integration opportunities and other features of bloated Microsoft Office. What you need is to write. Then, you can do all the formatting, proof reading, illustration, etc. So, what are the best free tools that are perfect for this task?
Great user-friendly word processor. However, a little limited in a free version.
Highly customizable and very light-weighted. However, there is no interface, so you’ll have to set it up manually.
Mac OS X apps
Meditative word processor with calm music and beautiful background.
Screenshot and promotional video speak for themselves.
Also, if you’re ready to pay for the right software (or know how to use torrents ;)), you might want to consider Scrivener designed specifically for writing.
1. Google Docs
Well, it’s just obvious. But if you still haven’t tried this service, that’s probably the right moment. Yes, it inherits some of Microsoft Word weaknesses and it’s still kind of beta. However it’s very easy-to-use and simply a great tool.
It’s a service developed specifically for books writing. Auto-saving, word count, thesaurus, etc. Nothing particularly exciting but does its job and may be a good option for some of you.