I had started my quest long back on finding a good tool that can help me write better. It was a tough journey especially as I am a stickler for design and I found that writing softwares are bad. Poorly designed and really didn’t help me write any better. But yes, you guessed it right, I did find a good tool finally, called Gingko App. Its one of the good tools you can find and really use in the writing process. It has few quirks here and there, but mostly succeeds at achieving the goal.
Gingko is an online word processor that lets you work on structure & content at the same time. Whether you’re an artist, scholar or even a blogger, this new medium lets you write better, faster. You can get started by visiting the website – ‘gingkoapp.com’. Yes, it’s an online text editor, so you will be working on a browser the whole time.
Writing well requires you to focus on the details of your work. You need to pick the right words, the right argument, the right line of dialogue. But that’s only half of the picture. To write well, the overall plot, structure, and flow is just as important. Gingko is the only word processor where you can work on both structure and content at the same time I feel.
The ‘writing page’ (the page where you write!) as I call it, is uniquely designed. It’s unlike any editor I have seen before. The page is divided into three columns to maintain the structure and hierarchy of the article. You can create cards on each column. Each card carries information and they can be arranged as you want.
Gingko’s interface is minimal and mostly gets out of your way. It doesn’t have a hundred buttons and large menus to distract you. It is built with a “keyboard-first” mindset. You can use the mouse to work, but the keyboard shortcuts are fast, simple, and intuitive and help to move between the cards and create cards too.
But the biggest problem here is that, it is a website after all. You need internet connection to do any of your work. (Yes, I know. Such a pain! ) But other than that you will get used to the fact that it is a website within days and you can get your work done!
You need to try it to understand how it really helps in the writing process. Gingko is free for using three trees (projects) but if you want unlimited workbooks you would need to pay. It has a subscription model that costs $5/month or $39/year. I don’t see this as a deal breaker as most of us don’t work on more than 3 projects at a time, but if you are really a busy writer, you will be well off by paying. Of course this article was written on Gingko! Now go on and give it a try.
This is Gingko App -