Zen Alternatives

    Zen is described as 'helps you to focus on your writing... It's writing only. It's fullscreen. It's Zen' and is a Word Processor in the News & Books category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Zen for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Linux and Android. The best alternative is FocusWriter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Zen are iA Writer (Paid), WriteMonkey (Freemium), OmmWriter (Paid) and Byword (Paid).

    This page was last updated Nov 16, 2021

    1. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.
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    2. The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your text and nothing but your text.
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    3. Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.
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    4. Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, reinvindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.
    5. Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.
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    6. 750 Words is an online plain text editor with autosave and fullscreen edit options, 750 Words also lets you track your progress and earn points for achievements. Login with Google, Yahoo or Facebook Connect.
    7. Rentry.co is a markdown pastebin and publishing service with preview, custom urls and editing. Fast, simple and free.
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    8. Q10 is a simple but powerful text editor designed and built with writers in mind. Q10 is freeware. That's right, you can download and use it at no cost. Q10 is small, fast and keeps out of your way. Press F1 inside Q10 to read the help card.

      Discontinued

      Last version dates from 2011.

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    9. OmPad is a free, simple, powerful, beautiful and minimal writing app that helps you focus and concentrate on writing great content. Format your text with headings, bold, italic, links, images, lists, code and quotes.
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    10. ZenWriter, a text editor for Windows that cuts out all the distraction and lets you focus on letting your thoughts flow.
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