I’m a big fan of lifehacker.com and they had a top five list for some distraction-free writing applications. I opted to try out FocusWriter.
So far I’m digging it, but we’ll have to see if the habit sticks. FocusWriter automatically goes into full screen mode and allows you to customize the document theme. I’m writing with some light green text on a very dark gray “page” with a bamboo forest wallpaper showing around the edges. Unless you mouse to the very top of the screen or bottom there are no menus or status bars to distract you. You can Alt+Tab to another open application/desktop if necessary, but you won’t see those icons taunting you from the task bar.
The feature that impressed me the most was the goal setting. You set a daily writing goal in the preferences based on amount of time or words per day. I started off with 30 minutes per day but realized that having the document active and daydreaming counted. So, I’ve switched over to 750 words per day. So far I’m at about 900 words and 120% of my daily goal. Woo hoo!