Writer: the Internet Typewriter
Different things motivate writers.
Many writers I know feel inspired that bit extra when it rains. Others get drunk. For reasons (not beyond exploring) I still like using vintage pen and paper; it slows down my train of thought to a more legible pace. As a guilty pleasure I go retro and use a typewriter which has a similar impact with a little more pace.
Once you have rearranged your writing space furniture, scheduled your writing tasks and promised yourself to write more this year than ever before, all you’re left with is procrastination or activation. This year I’ve happened upon an app that really tickles my fancy. It isn’t a new app, so you may already be familiar with it, it’s been around since 2007.
This application is, Writer: the Internet Typewriter. Quick, simple and straightforward, it gets the job done while creating an old-fashioned writing environment. Even if you’re not a writer, if you want to experience what it feels like to type like
we they used to, give it a whirl just for fun.
The basic version comes free without annoying advertising. You can choose your own font, line spacing and colours. It can run from your desktop and you can save, download, print or PDF your work. If you use WordPress, you can export text files directly. It provides both word and character count as you type, you can even set yourself a deadline or a word count goal. Best of all, you can select a sound – yes – there is a choice between electric and manual typewriter sounds. The feeling of typing old-school is probably what floats my boat the most!
Big hat tip to John Watson and writer.bighugelabs.com for developing this one. My comments are unsolicited and without reward, but I admit I’m loving Writer so much I probably will go for the upgrade! This app is the coolest thing since Writeroom; the app that inspired it. For now, I thought it was worth sharing with fellow writers looking for something different in 2014.