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Recently, distraction-free writing and apps which promise a distraction-free writing environment are more and more preferred over traditional word processors.
At MonsterWriter we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about distraction in a writing process and what features a writing application should have in order to provide the very best productivity
Traditional word processor applications force you to think about the layout of your text all the time. Meaning, they make you think how your text looks like when it is printed. This is because they display the text in a page layout while you are writing it. So, you see where a page ends and where a page starts. This results in the constant effort of trying to fix the layout of the text while composing it.
This gets frustrating when you have to insert new content at the beginning or in the middle of your writing. Once something has been inserted somewhere in the middle of the document the layout of the following pages is usually broken. Images are on different pages now, headings are placed as the last element of a page. Widow and orphan text lines are placed all over the document.
This disaster not only happens when you insert or change content somewhere in the middle but also when you decide to change the page settings. Another page size, other page margins, other font sizes, and so on.
Writing applications try to solve this problem for a long time. The common trend is to move away from the WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) idea and use concepts like Markdown, LaTeX, or WYSIWYM (What you see is what you mean).
When you write content it is not only the layout that is unimportant at this moment but also in which font-size and color the content is formatted in. At some point, you have to care about such things but definitely not while you are writing.
A big distraction source we observed is the fact that people are using spaces and newlines to format/layout their documents. For example, they insert new lines between headings and paragraphs because they want a certain visual distance between them. Another pitfall is the usage of spaces to indent the first line of a paragraph. Once you have started formatting your document like this, you will be doomed to fix all those paddings over and over.
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