A few weeks ago I was catching up on some older Clever Sheep podcasts, and Rodd Lucier mentioned a free download called OmmWriter. Its purpose is to turn your computer into a Zen zone that allows you to focus your mind entirely on your writing, and after trying it I think it does a pretty good job.
OmmWriter takes over your desktop with a watercolor-ish background that blocks out everything else. (The black control buttons disappear unless you hover over them with your mouse.) You have a choice of four different fonts and font sizes, and you can drag the text box to make it larger or smaller. The program offers you three soothing soundtracks to play while you write, or no music at all if you prefer. There is a save option, or you can simply cut-and-paste your writing into a Word document, email, blog post, etc.
Now, I am not New Agey at all, but I do love me some good relaxation music, so this feature is what convinced me to try OmmWriter. (Track 3 is my favorite.) It has not been as helpful in writing blog posts as I anticipated, mainly because I’m constantly referring to other writings and linking to various sites while I compose, and all the switching in and out of OmmWriter really harshes my mellow. But for reflective writing – things like newsletter articles or letters to congressmen – it does help me keep my train of thought.
You’ve gotta love a site that lists their FMQs (Frequently Meditated Questions)! If you decide to try it, let me know what you think.