words and counting!
Our Chief of Operations, Clinton, has been talking about his first attempt at NaNoWriMo for awhile now. In our small company, everyone is the talented, creative type (except me, but I’m tolerated) and are often involved in multiple creative pursuits. So, it was no surprise to hear him pronounce that he was going to write a novel in a month. As software developers, besides advising him to not quit his day job, we dove into evaluating creative writing software for him to use. Adam, our Chief of Technology (yes, a lot of Chiefs around here), led the charge.
We studied dozens of software packages and web apps. We found some apps simple and creative, like OmmWriter, which we love, but it is designed for writing very short pieces. We found “lite” web based editors that are good for capturing thoughts and taking notes, but not for novel writing. As alternatives, MS Word, Google Docs and other word processors just don’t facilitate creative writing—they weren’t designed to. We found the software packages designed just for novel writing bloated with features added over years of development resulting in their being complicated and not very easy to work with. After all, we just want to write. Today’s technology has moved past the current market leaders in terms of what novel writing software could be. No matter how many features they add, it’s still installed, complicated software, built for the pre-web app world. Web apps are changing nearly everything software-related, and we think creative writing software is due for a change. Each of us here at Blue Burro are restless with technology anyway. Our passion is to advance it, not accept the status quo. So, it was exciting for us to realize that we could advance the state of creative writing software. We knew we could create a modern writing environment that we would love to use. Yarnyis the result. What you see now at yarny.me is just a start. We’re quite happy with it, but it’s still early in the development cycle. As we continue to develop Yarny, here are some promises we have made to ourselves and those that also choose to use Yarny in their craft:
We hope you enjoy using Yarny and it becomes your favorite writing tool. Our plans for the future of Yarny are shaped by what you tell us. So please send us an email, click the Feedback button in Yarny, or post something on our forums to let us know your thoughts. We know that we created Yarny for us to use—we all write, and Clinton will be using it for NaNoWriMoin a little over a month. We also know we created it for you, the creative writer, wanting a better way to write.
Chris Martoglio | The Yarny Team