And as it turns out, some people have done just that. Kick your word processor to the curb; it's time for a life of " spartan writing utopia."
To call them glorified text-editors is to underestimate their power. This is distraction-free writing, and one of these three apps may just change the way you work for the better.
WriteRoomWriteRoom is the holy grail of the no-frill editor. The first and most popular application of its kind, WriteRoom is, sadly, only available for OS X. You can enter and exit full-screen mode, allowing you to juggle open documents like any other window. There's full control over font size, colour and background too, giving you a layout that's easy on your eyes, and totally suited to your uses. Two finger scrolling is another nice perk, as well as the ability to zoom in and out on the fly. Productivity comes at a price, however — $25 for a full version.
Dark RoomDark Room is a WriteRoom clone for the Windows crowd, and does a pretty good job at replicating some of the OS X app's best features. There's a simple GUI outside of the full-screen environment that gives you basic open and save functionality, as well as an oft-important word count. Just like it's Macintosh cousin, font size, colour and background can all be changed as well. A capable alternative for the PC world.
jDarkRoomUnlike the two applications we mentioned, jDarkroom is Java-based, and works on all platforms. This is particularly handy if you work across multiple PCs and are looking for a consistent experience. jDarkroom has a very limited GUI, however, and doesn't allow switching out of full-screen, making it the least functional of the bunch. However, if you're a Linux user, or simply yearning for some cross-platform action, jDarkroom is your best bet.
Have another distraction-free, no-frills text editor we should know about? Let us know in the comments.