15 March 2008

Distraction free writing with Q10

Writing can be hard. This is especially true when you are working on a first draft. After reading a large body of literature, it can be hard to get your head around the big issues. This makes it hard to focus on your writing. Distractions such as email notifications, instant messaging, Facebook and Youtube do not help. You need to minimise distractions and start writing - get your thoughts out of your head and on to the screen in front of you. You can fix it up and edit it later. You need to get it out first.

Q10 is a full-screen text editor. Launching Q10 turns your entire screen black. Start typing and all that you will see in front of you is text, that is all. No notifications, no update requests, no firewall messages. Customise the text colour, font, size and spacing so that it is easy on the eyes.

Along the bottom of the screen is a thin ribbon that provides live text statistics such as word, page and character counts all of which are updated as you type. There is also a clock in the corner so that you can keep track of the time.

Q10 remembers the last file you worked on, meaning that you can pick up from where you left your work just by launching the program. Q10 also has a built in timer and alarm. Want to spend 30 minutes per day writing? No problem.

Importantly, Q10 is small, fast and stable. The filesize is less than 360KB.

Q10 is a free download.
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