WriteRoom Distraction-Free Writing

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The computer has evolved and improved a tremendously long way since the green-and-black monochrome era, but your attention span and concentration  has not. At least that’s the premise of this interesting software called “WriteRoom” by Hog Bay Software.

For Mac users who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full-screen, distraction-free writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, WriteRoom is just about you and your text. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

They have basically simplified the  interface of the word processor to basically nothing except the text – so you don’t get distracted by your email, instant messaging or what have you. You can even take out parts of text from a Word document, and edit them in WriteRoom instead. When you’re done, you can close it and the program automatically ports it back to the original file.

Ironically, it requires MacOS 10.4 or later to run. But, for all you Dan Brown and Rowling wannabes, maybe shelling $24.95 for what is essentially simply a full-screen notepad is a worthy investment: after all, in the case that you DO sit down AND are able to concentrate because of this little software, AND if your writing is so great, AND if there’s a publisher who thinks the same, AND if your books sell – you may just get your investment returned many times over.

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