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Writing in peace with WriteRoom

February 8, 2010

Writing text is a creative activity.  You are putting together thoughts with words and it requires a special kind of focus or attention.  Whatever distraction you might experience during your writing process will most probably diminish this attention and reduce the quality of your text or even put the very completion of it at risk.
That is why it is of good help to arrange your writing session in such a way that your attention is kept on the target.  Most of us write text on a computer, needless to say an invaluable tool for the creation of text, and one thing about computers and their interface is that they are very good at distraction.
The screen of anyone’s computer is fanfare of colorful elements.  They are even animated and jump around and make all sorts of noises, just to catch the users attention.  Mails keep popping in, newsfeeds never stop and there seems to be an endless number of windows and icons in our small Kingdom of the Desktop.  So when you turn from reading your way through this visual circus and start the creation of a text, which is by the way the very act that makes you the King in my metaphor, you need to focus.  It can be an email, a note for your self, a draft for a contract or even a poem.  Doesn’t matter what it is, the text you create is in most cases the most valuable “thing” you can put into and have in your computer.  So it should be of best possible quality.
I have found one tool for this purpose that is not only very effective but also quite beautiful if you can use that word.  This tool is a word processor called WriteRoom.  It clears the screen for anything except itself and has a very calm, simple interface.  You can set it in your own taste when it comes to the look of it but the beauty of it is the simpleness and the total absence of distractions.

This is how my screen looks now;


So if you want to enjoy your writing more and produce better texts, WriteRoom is definately a tool to recommend.  It is only available for macs and you have to pay 25$ for a license, but you can try it for free for 30 days.  Actually they should give it for free to me since I’m praising this product publicly, but this is just the way I am.  I never keep a good advice to myself.

Here is what Merlin Mann of 43 folders has to say about this;

“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.” — Merlin Mann, 43Folders.com