Full screen text editor is probably the best thing I’ve discovered since I started blogging.
When I open up my full screen text editor, my creativity quadruples and ideas seem to flow from every inch of my brain.
A few days ago, Maki wrote about a full screen text editor called Dark Room and explained how it helped him concentrate better and come up with great content. Well, I needed no convincing. On some subconscious level, I badly wanted a writing app like this. I was sold.
Since then, I’ve been writing everything that needs concentration in a full screen text editor. And the results are amazing.
How to write best in full screen is a subject for another post. For now, here’s a list of 13 full screen text editors that’ll help you stay focused on writing. Take your pick.
1. Dark Room – Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, Dark Room is just about you and your text.
2. Q10 – Q10 will clean your kitchen, walk your dog and make excellent coffee. Well, not really. But it’s really good as a full-screen text editor.
3. JDarkRoom – JDarkRoom is a popular, simple full-screen text file editor with none of the usual bells and whistles that might distract you from the job in hand. If you are writing a novel, essay, thesis or just need to be able to concentrate on your writing, then JDarkRoom may help you.
4. WriteMonkey – Zenware for full screen distraction free creative writing. No whistles and bells, just empty screen, you and your words. WriteMonkey is light, fast, and perfectly handy for those who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter but live in modern times.
5. WestEdit – WestEdit is a full screen, old-school text editor and typewriter. No fuss, no distractions – just you and your text.
6. Jer’s Novel Writer (Mac only – a word processor with full screen mode) – Jer’s Novel Writer is a relatively simple word processor with extra features to support large creative writing projects.
7. CopyWrite (Mac only – has full-screen mode) – CopyWrite is a project manager for writers of all kinds. Rather than focus on formatting and layout, CopyWrite stands apart in its project-oriented approach.
8. PyRoom – Writeroom is a full-screen text editor, without buttons, menu, formatting, so you can focus on writing, and only writing. It’s only for Mac, and costs USD 24.95. PyRoom is its clone, written in Python + GTK, Free and free.
9. RubyRoom – Rubyroom is a full-screen text editor. Full screen gives you a complete workspace for your text, and nothing else. No IM windows popping up, no more “you got mail” small animations on the background that take away your concentration.
10. DarkCopy – DarkCopy is a simple, full-screen text editor for distraction free writing.
11. Writer – The internet typewriter. Has an option to switch to full screen mode.
12. WordPress 2.5 – WordPress 2.5 has an option to expand the write area to full screen. Very handy if you prefer to write in the familiar WordPress post editor.
And finally, the one that started it all!
13. WriteRoom (Mac only – commercial) – For people who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full-screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, WriteRoom is just about you and your text.