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Your newest ally for NaNoWriMo? Google Docs.

Blank Pages In An Open Notebook. Photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt

It’s November 1, and that means–yup! NaNoWriMo is upon us.

We’ve posted here before about various tools that can help you in your mad writing binge–see below–but this year, we wanted to share a techie tip for distraction-free writing that’s easy and free. Did you know that Google Docs can provide a clean, tool-and-menu-free writing environment? That’s right–nothing to buy, download, or install. Power Tips for Google Docs tells you how:

If you are a big fan of WriteRoom on the mac, or the Windows clone, you’ll be happy to know that you can achieve a similar distraction free experience in Google Docs. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment that helps you focus on the words on the page by eliminating all the tools and features commonly found in most editors. Serious (and no so serious) writers like how it keeps the focus on the writing, instead of the formatting.

Just follow the instructions, and you’ll get the digital equivalent of a blank page: no menus, no tools, no buttons–just you and your words. (Gulp.)

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