Yarny is a proud sponsor of this year’s NaNoWriMo event. It’s a program that allows you to write in the cloud, so that you won’t have to install any software on your program or worry about saving your work to your own hard drive; it will all be on Yarny’s server. Saving to a cloud server is nice because a “redundant array” of hard drives keeps your work backed up – and keeps backups of backups in case something happens.
One downside to Yarny is that you have to be online to use it, which may be distracting… but they are working on an application that doesn’t require Internet use.
The most valuable part of Yarny is that it helps you organize your work; it does a lot more than Microsoft Word or OpenOffice’s word processor. There is a section for “snippets” – fragments of text or ideas that you may want to incorporate into your story later. You can tag certain parts of your writing for future reference. Keep track of your characters, places, and things by making notes that will stay organized.
The interface is user-friendly and clean, and once you start typing, there will just be a blank screen with no distractions. Yarny plans to add more features in the future, so it might be something nice to try out for this year’s NaNoWriMo. Click here if you want to play with the interface.