I am a program-a-holic when it comes to anything that will potentially turn my writing experience into something as painless and distraction-free as possible. Everyone has their favourite writing program, whether Open Office word processing down to a simple Notepad. I figured, since we are all in the planning stages, why not throw out a few to see what we use?
Q10: A simple, sleek program that completely blacks out your screen (though colours are optional, it defaults with black and soft orange font) to just your writing and the word/character/paragraph/page count in a discreet bar along the bottom. It features spellchecking and other useful benefits which can be brought up with a simple F-key (like F1), but otherwise stays hidden out of sight. I'm a sucker for the typewriter sounds when I type! (You want my secret for winning word wars? That's it.) It also features a *brilliant* little addition of a timer, so you can set up your own challenges. Love this piece of software, it sits on all my computers and my flash drive.
Focus Writer: This is a new program for me, and it spans different platforms so Linux and Mac users aren't excluded. It has a very flexible appearance with "skins" you can change around to make things look how you want. It has a lot of the same features as a full word processor (including count functions, multiple tabs so you can keep more than one file open at once, spell checking and such) without any of the usual distractions that come with having a huge word processor window. Best of all, it's a sleek, small program. I prefer my Q10 for sheer writing but if you're working with multiple note and plot files, it's a gem.----------
NaNoWriMo region: Ferndale, MI | Naperville, IL
Genres: Urban contemporary; fantasy, sci-fi; speculative; historical