When you’re sitting down to write, a quiet and distraction-free area can be a big help. Though sometimes, a computer screen is enough distraction in itself, not to mention the word processors that we use. If you want something basic, try CalmyWriter ( www.calmlywriter.com/online) in a browser tab and go to full screen mode. You’ll see nothing except a white screen and your text. Formatting options can appear if you select something and a hidden menu on the left lets you download your text, insert images or switch on focus mode (only the paragraph you’re writing stays in focus).
Another favourite of ours is WritersBlock ( www.writersblock.io) and they take a ‘forced’ approach. You download it to your PC as a standalone program (no installation is needed) and you can set a goal like words typed or minutes. For instance, if you set a goal of 1,000 words, Writers Block will not quit until you have typed those 1,000 words. You only see a white screen and a draft of your work is automatically saved every 10 seconds. The free version is free forever but you can add more features, updates and soundtracks for either a one-time payment of $10 or $19.
And if these two don’t work for you, you can try the very spiritual (but paid) Ommwriter ( www. ommwriter.com). It is available for MAC, PC and iPad and they have a minimum price of $5.11. As always, there’s a distraction free environment plus you can choose from multiple calming backgrounds, audio tracks and keystroke sounds. Some writers claim that hearing the sound of a keystroke (like a typewriter sound, for instance) provides more focus and helps get the job done faster.