They say that the hardest part in writing is in thinking of what to write.  I say the topic is not a problem, for if one is really a writer he could write about a lot of things, no matter how boring or navel-gazing these topics may be.

For me the real challenge is putting that pen to paper–or, in our vastly digital world, stroking the first letters on that keyboard.  Topics come around once in a while; in fact, I can even write about having a hard time thinking of a topic.  But thinking of words to open these things up?  That’s when I usually meet a brick wall.

Beginning a piece can be hard because of that conscious thought of penning a kick-ass introduction that is sure to lure the readers into finding out what one has to say.  We were all told in English Writing class that an introduction that shouts “READ MEEE!!!” is a surefire way to gain an audience.

Introductions could get hard but that’s not really my problem.  If you’d look at this entry, you’d notice that my introduction was boring.  All it has is an unattributed assumption (They say…) and a counter-point (I say the topic is not the problem…)  Who would be interested in that?

My problem is in mustering enough willpower to actually begin a piece.  Sometimes I get too lazy or impatient that I couldn’t wait for the WordPress Write Page to load, so I’d go on and do something else.  Most of the time, I get distracted–Television, texting, ipods.  There are just too many things cluttering up my mental real estate that “forcing” myself to write becomes too much of a burden to do.

And so imagine my surprise when, during Thesis class, I saw my friend Hannah typing away into a weird interface on her laptop.  I immediately asked what she was doing, and she quickly introduced me to something that could possibly save my writing career–or the lack of it.

Meet Dark Room.  If you’ve seen The Matrix, the looks may seem familiar.

Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, Dark Room is just about you and your text.

– From the DarkRoom website.

I say DarkRoom is a writer’s heaven: black screen, Courier New font, green letters.  What else could you ask for?  No more distracting formatting buttons, no more browsers cluttering the space, no more instant messages popping up.

Their website just about says it all:  it’s just about you and your text.  I love how it strips writing down to its bare necessities, down to just ideas and words.  Sure, big, fluffy fonts and a vast spectrum of colors are cool, but who needs that if they tend to block your ideas off?

I say Dark Room, no matter how simple it is, is a revolutionary program that could do wonders in your writing.  There are just too many distractions in our life now that sometimes, all we need is a place where we can zone out.

Some place dark, for example.

P.S.  I typed this entry in Dark Room.  Click the image above to see.  Cool, eh?

3 Responses to “Being in the Dark can be good, too.”
  1. ron says:

    writing with this gives me the ‘MATRIX’ vibe. dark background, neon green letters… cool!

  2. Tina says:

    There’s a similar app for this for Mac, called WriteRoom. That app helped me so much during my NaNoWriMo days. 😀

  3. Mimi says:

    Yup, I use that! No distractions! 😉

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