Focus on writing

Being able to focus on writing can be a tough task, but there are apps that try to help draw your attention to the task at hand. One such free program is FocusWriter that, despite it’s simplistic interface, has a wealth of features and settings available to help you hit your writing goals.

Out-of-the-box FocusWriter will appear as though it’s no more advance than Notepad, but that’s because they tuck away the toolbars into the upper and lower portions of the screen. Just hover your mouse towards the top or bottom of FocusWriter to reveal formatting options, settings, tabs, stats, and much more. Here’s a rundown on some of the features available:

  • TXT, basic RTF, and basic ODT file support
  • Timers and alarms
  • Daily goals
  • Fully customizable themes
  • Typewriter sound effects (optional)
  • Auto-save (optional)
  • Live statistics (optional)
  • Spell-checking (optional)
  • Multi-document support
  • Sessions
  • Portable mode (optional)

It should be noted that this runs in fullscreen mode by default, but you can always use it like any other app in a window if that’s what you want.

FocusWriter Homepage (Windows/Mac/Linux; Freeware)