As is typical in the land that I inhabit, after dancing around the issue of using JDarkRoom for a while, I’ve recently started using said software.
The idea behind JDarkRoom is that your computer screen is “taken over” by the application and the distractions, at least on the desktop, are swept away. It’s very much akin to putting on noise-cancelling headphones, drawing the curtains, closing the door, etc. and trying to eliminate as many distractions as possible.
For people with the attention span of gerbils on crystal meth, i.e. writers, this is perfect. You are free to just write and JDarkRoom doesn’t provide bells and whistles to distract you. There’s practically no formatting and you can only save files in TXT (text) format. So, that leaves you with nothing much to do except write.
Very zen. Write first and then fill in the blanks later.
This Cory Doctorow article — Writing in the age of distraction — explains the process well and why repeat when you can link to or copy.
If you are a writer or do a reasonable amount of writing in your job, try out JDarkRoom. I’ve been using it for just over a week and I’m already hooked.
P.S. 1: This post was written on / in JDarkRoom and the URLs were filled in later.
P.S. 2: If you’ve used the old IBM terminals (mainframe) which had green text displayed on the black background, you’ll get a big kick* out of the default settings for JDarkRoom.
* – Yes, I know I’m a geek.