Now, before people jump on me and scream “Why would I care about you doing NaNoWriMo? Where is the Simplicity 14.1 Alpha?” – we’re working on it. But we love books, and we love writing, so NaNoWriMo is perfect for us, and the fact that it supports literacy charities appeals to us.
So, we have come to a decision. NaNoWriMo is hard. Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days was never going to be a walk in the park, but you often get distracted by “stuff” online. So we created a stripped down version of Simplicity 14.1 Desktop Alpha specifically designed for NaNoWriMo participants. It has a browser, a link to the Write Or Die Web App (scary but amazingly useful), a link to the NaNoWriMo site, and LibreOffice. It also features a calendar wallpaper to help you stay motivated during the 30 days. And that’s it. It’s designed to be an environment to help you win, rather than anything else.
All we are asking for in return for this software is a donation, however big or small on our official StayClassy page – the money goes straight to NaNoWriMo, and we do not get a cent. We’re not claiming this version is amazing, or groundbreaking, but it might just give you that push you need to win NaNoWrimo. At the very least, it will give you a distraction free writing environment.
We will post the ISO tomorrow, just in time for you to download and pop onto a USB key for NaNoWriMo. And good luck to anyone else taking part in NaNo!