A room to your self

Do you ever find that the world is closing in on you and you are not focusing quite as well on the task at hand as you should? As a student and aspiring writer I find this a lot, and I’ve been looking around for a solution to this problem. Well there is one which actually manages to solve most of them. WriteRoom from Hog Bay Software.

WriteRoom is a fully TextEdit compatible text editor/word processor with a very nice feature. A fully customisable full-screen mode. It completley blocks out the hustle and bustle that is every day internet/computer life.

Writeroom main screen, green text on black

I can’t even begin to tell you how useful this feature really is. The tag line for it is ‘Distraction free writing’, and that it is. You can customise everything from background transparency to the look of the curser and what font to use, so there are plenty of option.

The only downside I’ve found so far is that as a student/academic writer I often need to use footnotes, since my department requires this. To do that I have to switch to something like Nisus Writer Express, Mellel or Pages. This is a problem for all apps based on the Apple cocoa textedit base. This is a problem in light weight word processors such as Bean as well. Now don’t get me wrong, that selection is nothing short of amazing, but, they do not offer the clutter free soothing feeling of WriteRoom.

Now let me end with two cool quotes, the first by Mr Merlin Mann of 43folders.com:

“It’s a primitive application, to be sure — I suspect completely by design — but it may be just what the doctor ordered if you need to get your head out of your butt and put some words on the page. I can see myself spending a lot of time in WriteRoom.”

The other being by the fantastic Neil Gaiman:

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”

May your consentration never fail you again!

Thobias

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