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FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as...

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  • Typewriter Distro...?
    Almost any distro would work. I would suggest using the Focuswriter app. Not only can you create your own themes, there is an option in the settings to turn on typewriter sounds so your keys sound like an old school typewriter when typing. - Source: Reddit / 17 days ago
  • writing only distro
    However, short of that, there are distraction free writing tools out there for Linux. One of them is FocusWriter. It's guaranteed to be available on any distribution which supports flatpak. Can I suggest Linux Mint for a stable experience with a nice looking desktop? - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Tools to complement SLOWLY Web Client?
    The screenshot in the post banner above shows FocusWriter, an excellent one. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Advice: How much fanfic should I write per day if I have multiple hobbies and want to stay healthy?
    I'm with u/Kaylie_Night regarding the time goals. You could buy a USB stick, put something like FocusWriter Portable onto it and be like "Okay, I try to write 30 minutes per day. And if the juices don't flow on one day there is still the next one.". - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Writing is actually quite enjoyable especially when its not a forced school paper lol
    Yeah. If you're running Windows or Linux, get FocusWriter. Then just write. Use punctuation, but otherwise don't worry about any formatting at all (except press Enter after the end of a paragraph). - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Need advice from artists/creatives with ADHD re: picking between projects
    So how I managed to deal with this is to figure out which project I want to donate the most time to now. It also sometimes helps find writing apps. There was one I used to use that helped me with writing each day. Maybe I can try to find it again. I've heard good things about this one too. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • The Modos Paper Laptop
    I like that and since I'm on linux I can silence anything I want to turn off - it works pretty well. - Source: Hacker News / 10 months ago
  • I like the sound of typing, any sounds you enjoy?
    In case anyone is interested, the one that has toggle-able sounds is Focus Writer. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Best book writing app?
    I use FocusWriter. It's a lightweight, full-screen app that does more than enough for a manuscript. I used to use Google Docs with Wavemaker, which has a lot of extra functions like cards and timelines, etc. Docs slowed down a lot with a lot of open windows or really long docs, however. And with WFH the sync isn't that important to me anymore. For notes lately I've been using CheeryTree. All these are free. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Cancellation-safe Futures and/or removal of .await
    As I've mentioned before, I'm one of those people who configures Vim to be akin to a distraction-free writing tool, but for code. (eg. FocusWriter where everything except the page you type on is in auto-hide trays at the sides.). - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Writing software
    I've been using FocusWriter for my last few projects and I really like it. Distraction-free and very lightweight. One thing you have to know is that formatting is done via the theme. I duplicate a theme, set up my preferred formatting in that and set the default file format to rtf. Manuscripts don't need anything else. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • What word processor do you use when you're actually writing the bulk of your work?
    You might want to give FocusWriter a look if you're on Linux or Windows. It's as light as some text editors and truly distraction free. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Do any of you know of any good free writing apps?
    FocusWriter is also another full-screen editor. It has customizable themes and daily goals. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Where do you guys write your fics?
    There's also a free program called FocusWriter. It's a stripped down, customizable very lightweight word processor with basic spellcheck built in. You can't do much formatting, but it's very similar to ZenWriter. I used FW heavily back when I was stuck using a Cloudbook/Chromebook machine for a few years when my main laptop kept having issues. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Something better than notepad but not as complicated and big as word?
    Https:// could do the job. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Make it less noisy?
    Https:// this one is great too !! You can add typewritter's noise. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • What’s the best cheap writing program?
    I not sure what you mean by "better than Word" but I'll throw FocusWriter out there. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • closest thing to a typewriter in our modern days?
    Are you familiar with software called FocusWriter? It's available for Linux and wind'ohs - free! - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago

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