I’ve been hearing a lot about this ZenWriter and decided to check it out. First of all this program is not free. You can get a 15 day trial with Windows but after that I have been seeing varying prices of anywhere between $9.95 to $17.50. If you ask me, this program honestly doesn’t do nearly enough or anything different for me to start paying for it.
“But it cuts out the distractions…”
Not really. If you want to go and check your Facebook or Tumblr or some other thing online then you can still do that. Just exit the program. Or even worse, you can just look at your smart phone.
“Well they have really calming music/background…”
*shrugs* You can get any kind of music you want on YouTube for example, or Tidal, or iTunes or Spotify… The list goes on. Spotify being my current favourite to use. You can get it on your phone or on your computer. It’s free, you can start a radio station based on your fav song, genre of music or artist. There are even mood playlists to chose from. As for background, if you have a laptop you can always go outside, one of my favourite places is my balcony. And you can change the background in Microsoft Word if you want. Which also takes up your whole screen by the way.
You can’t import previously written works without a good chance that you will simply lose it completely. Idk about you but I have worked way too hard on my novels to have that happen. Also while it does auto save just like Microsoft Word, it will not save it in DOC format.
You will only have five fonts available to you.
You can’t bold, italicize or underline.
You can’t add images. (if you are working on a children’s book or something)
Needless to say this is more of a brainstorming notepad. Great if you want to add sound effects to your every key stroke. It’s pretty much an upgraded version of Notepad. The minimalist in me thinks it’s great for defining the outline of what I need to write about but the writer in me doesn’t see a usefulness for it past that.
I do a lot of edits. I highlight, change the colour of text in certain places if I’m thinking of moving it somewhere else in my work, make notes in the margins of possible changes. If you are like me, this is not the program you want.
It’s really not that hard to create a peaceful environment in which to get your work done. Although I will say kudos to whomever made the program, it is very beautifully done.
In the meantime, there is also this…