I’ve recently found a deep passion in myself for helping out my fellow writers, and those aspiring to become better writers. One thing I am, aside from a content creator specialist, is an aspiring novelist. I took up Freelancing as a way to fund my existence while working on my novel, and on that journey, I’ve discovered some awesome tools. Here is just one of them: the website yarny.me.
If you have a big extended family like me, you probably spend a good deal of time paying visits and making house calls. Even when you’re on the go, work doesn’t stop though– and I’ve gotten used to sitting in a room full of screaming nieces and nephews while still being able to produce my best work. I don’t always think ahead to bring my laptop with me though, and then end up stranded at my mom’s place for the better part of a day– so what to do? Just twiddle your thumbs, unless you’ve got a cloud storage provider or this magical little tool. Yarny works like a stripped down and augmented word processing program. Even if you’re stranded somewhere without your personal laptop, if you can borrow someone’s machine, all you need is your login and the gumption to hammer away. It’s also a source of security; if some unexpected calamity befalls your personal computer and your files aren’t backed up, no problem! Just log in when you get a new one.
Yarny’s interface is very simple and unobtrusive. While there are no real formatting options, I’ve found the most useful thing Yarny provides is a constantly accessible count of your progress. When you start a project, just enter your target amount of words, and a little green meter up in the left hand corner will fill up as you go. Another nice thing is that all of the extras disappear when you start to type, giving you a nice, distraction-free canvas. The Yarny snippet system is super cool, too. Each one allows you to label it and even color code it if you want, and it will show you what each snippet’s individual word count is on the left hand side bar. I have found that while working on my novel, having a visualization of my progress in my word count to be very helpful in keeping me focused and on-track. There’s also a cool section for snippets that aren’t part of the story– for notes about people, places, and things in your story.
On a few rare occasions, I have run into technical difficulties where I couldn’t load my snippets. This can happen if your internet connection is weak. In the past year or so that I’ve been using Yarny though, I haven’t personally experienced any down time– the servers seem pretty stable. That being said, not being able to format your headings and add italics at your leisure is a little frustrating, though it can always be done during editing. These things just don’t outweigh the pros for me though.
In conclusion, if you’re a writer– especially of the fiction variety– you should definitely give Yarny a try. It’s changed the way I write for the better, and increased my productivity drastically. Maybe it could do the same for you.