How to Use Writing to Sharpen Your Thinking | Tim Ferriss #video - "Tim Ferriss on how writing can sharpen and improve your thinking."

Markdown Tutorial - "Each lesson introduces a single Markdown concept with an example. When you see a red pulsing circle in the example, select to examine it for details."

NaNoWriMo - "Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!"

Writes With - "Writes With is a little site to ask writers about the tools and practices they use to get the writing -- and the edits -- done. Maybe you'll find some tips in here. I sure hope so!"


Canvas - "Sometimes creating a blog is easier said than done. With Canvas, it's just easier. Simple installation, the freedom to make it look how you want, and a familiar editing environment keeps you focused on what Canvas is really good at: Publishing."

Earnestly - "Independent short-form blogging in plain-text for building in public. Share each step of your startup journey with bite-sized posts of 1200 characters or less."

Essay.dev - "Essay.dev is a blogging service by OneGraph that lets you publish your own blog by creating an issue on GitHub."

ghost - "Fiercely independent, professional publishing." Starts at $29 / month billed annually.

Hashnode - "Everything you need to start blogging as a developer!"

Telegraph - Anonymous online publishing.

write.as - "A place for focused writing." Freemium.

write freely - "An open source platform for building a writing space on the web."


750 Words #webapp - "I've long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist's Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in "long hand", typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It's about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful." $5 / month.

Abricotine #software - "Abricotine is an open-source markdown editor built for desktop." Linux, MacOS, Windows.

Bear #software - "Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose." MacOS and iOS.

Blurt - "Compose efficiently. Edit smartly. Stay on track. Blurt is all you need to write — in one sleek tool." $14.99 / month.

Byword #sofware - MacOS and iOS. "Markdown app for writing in plain text efficiently. Available for Mac, iPhone and iPad."

Calmly Writer #webapp - "Calmly Writer is an editor designed to focus on what you want to tell, with a simple, unobtrusive and ease-to-use user interface."

Cold Turkey Writer - "The magic of typewriting, for your computer. Writer transforms your computer into a typewriter, which forces you to do nothing but write." Freemium.

Fighter's Block #webapp - "Fighter's Block is a writing app that exploits conditioning to overcome writer's block and sheer laziness. Rewards for writing and punishments for stopping are wrapped in a battle system inspired by turn-based RPGs."

Focused #software - "We think Focused is the new benchmark for markdown writing apps that will enable you to really focus on your work." MacOS. $19.99 one time.

ghostwriter #software - "A distraction-free Markdown editor for Windows and Linux . Stylish. Open source. Free."

Gingko - "Gingko is a new kind of tool, that lets you shape your ideas with lists, outlines and cards, all in the same clean interface." Freemium.

Hemingway App #webapp #software - "Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. It's like a spellchecker, but for style. It makes sure that your reader will focus on your message, not your prose."

iA Writer #software - "Plain text. Full ownership. Total focus. The original iA Writer."

Inspire #software - Windows. "A Windows Minimalist Markdown Editor for Notes and Distraction-free Writing." $49.99

LightPaper #software - MacOS. $14.99 one one time. "Simple, beautiful yet powerful text editor for your Mac"

Mark Text #software - MacOS, Linux, Windows. "Simple and Elegant Markdown Editor Focused on speed and usability."

The Most Dangerous Writing App #webapp - "Don’t stop writing, or all progress will be lost."

Ommwriter #software - "A perfect place to think and write." $6.73 one-time per platform.

Org mode #software - "Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system."

Paragraphs #software - "Minimalist writing for Mac." MacOS. $9.99 one-time.

Plant-a-Page - "It's simple: for every day you write, we plant a tree for you." $9.99/month.

Quilter #software - Linux. "Focus on your writing."

The Right Margin - Starts at $5.99 / month. "A writing tool built for writers, by writers."

Scrivener #software - "Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop." $49

Typora #software - "Typora gives you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Instead, it provide a real live preview feature to help you concentrate on the content itself." Free while in beta.

Ulysses #software. MacOS. "A pleasant, focused writing experience combined with effective document management, fast syncing and flexible export options make Ulysses the first choice for writers of all kinds." $4.99 / month.

Worst Draft #software - "Worst Draft is a minimalist word processor that removes the two biggest roadblocks for writers: editing & distractions. Users will be unable to delete anything more than a few most recently typed words, and they will also be unable to access any other applications without first closing Worst Draft."

Writer #webapp - "Used by over 902,000 writers, Writer is a cool, fast, distraction-free writing app. No fonts, no bold, no italics — just you and your words. It's the perfect companion tool that lets you focus and get your drafts done." Freemium.

WriteRoom #software MacOS. $9.99 one-time. "For Mac users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing. Requires Mac OS X 10.7+"

Written? Kitten! #webapp - Rewards writing with pictures of kittens.

ZenPen #webapp - "A minimalist writing zone, where you can block out all distractions and get to what's important. The writing!"

ZenWriter #software - $17.50 one-time per platform. "Focused full-screen writing application for Windows and Mac."

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