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    Lightbulb Are you a writer? Use these tools to stop distractions

    Hi,

    When you are working online, there are tons of distractions here and there: emails, instant messenger, surfing, forums (exception WF), blogs, RSS, etc.

    There is one way to shut off distractions, especially when you are writing. Try Dark Room or WriteRoom for this purpose.

    Dark Room - http://they.misled.us/dark-room
    WriteRoom - http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/product/writeroom

    They make us focus on your writing and nothing else.

    Hope this helps.

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    That's pretty neat. Thanks for sharing.
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    Hey just used the first link, downloaded and used and wrote a 411 word article on how to review write by target marketing.

    Now to sell or use for myself hmmm

    Thanks a lot, takes away outside influences.

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    nice idea.

    Basically it's a full screen word editor. You can do the same thing with most word processors in full screen mode.

    It's good if you are writing novels or stories, but if you have to go online to research on something you are writing about, this won't help. Pushing off distractions is a state of mind, and mostly depends on you not by the software you use. If you don't have a clean minimalistic working area, you can be easily distracted by the things surrounding you. For instance in my work room, I have papers lying around with bits of notes and scribblings (ideas about blog posts among other things) all over the place. having a text manager to keep your notes would be much easier, but I like the old fashioned way of writing it down on a piece of paper.

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    I always use WriteRoom. It's quite amazing, actually, given how simple it is. And even more amazing is the fact that it actually feels as if you were leaving your room, and entering a space that has nothing but a pen and paper. Frees your mind indeed.
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    Good find! Thanks for sharing.

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    Part of me is skeptical about clicking those links. I don't know why. "they.misled.us" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riklets View Post
    Part of me is skeptical about clicking those links. I don't know why. "they.misled.us" ?
    I think that's a very smart choice of domain name. I wish I had it

    Don't worry, site seems ok for me.

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    Thanks a lot for sharing the links. As while i am working, i closed everything (email, ym, etc) to avoid distractions =)

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    What was up with that writers strike anyways? It canceled all my favorite TV programs

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    Don't worry about the links, I tested them before I shared ;-)

    Great that this helps.

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    At least Burn Notice is still on! I love that show. It's the most fun on TV in my opinion.

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    Thanks so much for sharing those links. I really like the look of DarkRoom and think it will help me.

    Now can you give me some kind of program that will minimize distractions in the real world...namely, my kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UndertheRadar View Post
    Hi,

    When you are working online, there are tons of distractions here and there: emails, instant messenger, surfing, forums (exception WF), blogs, RSS, etc.

    There is one way to shut off distractions, especially when you are writing. Try Dark Room or WriteRoom for this purpose.

    Dark Room - http://they.misled.us/dark-room
    WriteRoom - http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/product/writeroom

    They make us focus on your writing and nothing else.

    Hope this helps.
    Look a helpful one! Can i run it on a linux OS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fr@nc!z View Post
    Look a helpful one! Can i run it on a linux OS?
    Use nano - Ed - Vi or many other terminal text editors available, without the windows manager (ie, gnome/KDE). No more distractions for you, just you and your terminal.

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    well what i was wondering after reading your post is that article writing would be just about 250 words or more or less. I think it wouldnt really matter even if we have distractions. I believe you must be talking about lengthy writings like a novel or situation analysis etc.

    but anyways, good tool.

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    writing is all abou discipline. People think that working from home can be much more fun, but in reality you have the same pressures as any other type of work.

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    agree with you "paid surveys", working from stuff is real pain than the regular job.

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    Wow, really useful!
    Although i would probably just reach for my iPhone go get my internet fix lol.

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    Very nice tools I never thought about such tools. I think they will help a lot while writing content for my blogs.


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