I don’t know about you, but I’m someone who easily gets distracted. One way I’ve learned to cope with this is to minimize all distractions around me as much as possible. This may mean to unplug from the internet or to use browser extensions that block enticing websites.

If my plan is to actually simply write then I use writing software that lets me focus completely on the task. I don’t want to use complex and fancy programs with lots of useful, but distracting functions when I only want to concentrate on writing. Simple and focused software is perfect for this task. That’s what we’re taking a look at today.


My personal favorite is called FocusWriter and it’s a quite minimalistic piece of software that’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You do get a full-screen interface which you can customize by changing the theme or making one on your own. The menu is hidden on top and appears if you move your mouse to the edge of the screen. Simple and disctraction-free. I love it. Oh, and it’s free to use!


If you prefer writing online in your browser you may want to give ZenPen a try. You get a minimal interface without annoying distractions and you can save your text when you’re finished. For me this is still quite dangerous, because you have the writer inside a browser tab. This is easily mitigated though by turning it to full-screen. You can do that by pressing your F11 key (press it again to exit the full-screen mode). It’s free to use as well.

Calmly Writer

Calmly Writer is another online solution that works perfectly. It’s even more minimal, because compared to ZenPen it hides the menu behind their unimposing logo. I also like that it shows both character count and word count when you open the menu. This is a handy feature if you want to write a certain amount. You get into full-screen mode by pressing the F11 key as well or you can use the ‘toggle full screen’ option in its menu. As with both other options it’s free of charge.

If I do need an online tool for writing I use for Calmly Writer, because it presents the functions I need in a neat way and I actually like the design. On any normal day though I opt for working with FocusWriter, because I like to disconnect completely from everything, including the internet and just write anywhere I like. FocusWriter allows for just that which is perfect for me.

What writing program do you love and use? Share it below!

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