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Enjoy Distraction-Free Writing with WriteMonkey

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Do you get easily distracted at times while writing and need a way to help yourself stay focused? Then perhaps WriteMonkey is just what you have been looking for.

Note: Requires .Net Framework 3.5+.


When you download WriteMonkey you will need to unzip the following components, add them to a “Program Files” folder, and create a shortcut to the “WriteMonkey.exe” file. Ready for distraction free writing?


WriteMonkey in Action

When you start WriteMonkey up each time it will totally blank out the entire screen leaving you with just your writing to focus on. As you can see here your writing area is “outlined” at the four corners with small “dash-like” symbols. The width of the writing area (along with line spacing, margins, etc.) can be easily adjusted in the options if desired.


You can also run WriteMonkey in a regular sized window if you need to switch back and forth between your writing and other tasks.


Prefer the more traditional word processing color scheme? You can personalize the colors and font used to best suit your needs or simply indulge in setting up a fun and creative theme.


If you are the adventurous type you can even use the “Try luck” feature that will generate a random color scheme for you.


If you need to access the menu system while in full-screen mode all that you need to do is right click anywhere within the screen.


Here is a closer look at the menu…


Whenever you are finished writing and go to save your work, it will be saved as a “.txt” file. At this time “.txt” is the only file format that WriteMonkey works with. Notice that the file name has a “wm_” prefix attached to it…



WriteMonkey may not be the most advanced word processor that you will ever use but it does one thing and does it very well…it helps get you focused so that you can get your writing done without distractions from other apps.


Download WriteMonkey (version (V 2.7 as of 4/2016)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/28/09

Comments (8)

  1. Vladimir

    Dark Room is somewhat similar (Dark Room is Windows clone of Mac OS X’s WriteRoom) –

  2. crazzzik

    Wow! The software is amazing. It has everything regular student or writer can wish. It misses only one thing – more formats to save. RTF, DOC(X) would complete the image of an ideal word processor.

  3. Philipp

    Looks kinda like WriteRoom for Mac?

  4. Doctor

    Yes it does @Pilipp I like it though I’ve seen WriteRoom on a Mac Before but this helps! thumbs up on finding this one Geek :)

  5. Jordan Moore

    I would LOVE an option to set a background image, similar to what Ommwriter has for Mac. I ask because I have been looking for an alternative to Ommwriter for Windows and this looks like it could be close.

  6. Paul

    @Jordan Moore: Try CreaWriter (, a near-enough direct copy of Ommwriter for Windows.

  7. Jordan Moore

    @Paul that’s exactly what I was looking for! Thanks mate, I have spent ages looking for something like this!

  8. Doctor

    Any more Clones of Macs? Programs

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