WriteMonkey Takes The Monkey Out Of Writing

>> Sunday, December 20, 2009

Free app WriteMonkey makes it really easy to stay focused on your writing endeavours. As a blogger, I frequently find myself getting distracted by different apps when I least need them. The worst past is that more often than not, these distractions make me lose my train of thought. So, I set out to look for an app that'll give me basic text handling (Notepad-esque), without letting any distractions come to the fore. WriteMonkey does that effectively, and a lot more.

Firstly, head on to the WriteMonkey website and get a copy for yourself. It weighs in at a meagre 1.5 MB. Then extract it into a directory of your choice and you are all set to go.

WriteMonkey, by default, opens in fullscreen and hides anything else you were working on, thus serving its main purpose. You'll be looking at a cursor on a dark background. There aren't any toolbars, any buttons, or even a "Close" button. Hit "Esc" and you'll see the actual application window complete with a menu bar. Hit it again and you get back to fullscreen.

For an app that's supposed to be so tiny and basic in its functioning, WriteMonkey does its job very well. It's got a plethora of features that you can customize, and even features a spell checking tool. You won't have advanced features from your favorite word processor, but what you do get is a no-frills platform to get going.

Customization options include:

  • Default Font Properties
  • Default Background
  • Page Width
  • Toggle Autosave
  • Scratchpad (for your random, marked-for-later thoughts
  • Autotext (called "Replacements")
  • Bookmarking
If you are old-school, you can even enable Typewritter sounds for instant typing bliss.

Take WriteMonkey out for a spin and let me know what you feel about it. I've been using it regularly and haven't had any problems with writing.

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