I am looking for a minimalistic word editor for my creative writing. Basically I would like something like the “notes” app on OSX just with the option to save your writing as a separate file. Does anyone know of something like that?

  • Writeapp
    – Alexander
    Sep 10, 2019 at 18:05
  • @Alexander if you could expand on why that's a good suggestion it could make a great answer ;) Sep 10, 2019 at 21:18
  • It would help to know what platform(s) you are using. Sep 13, 2019 at 20:17
  • How minimalist we talking? Would Notepad.exe do?
    – Weckar E.
    Sep 21, 2019 at 20:34
  • If you're using a mac, try "TextEdit," it's built-in. You can also look into TextMate (on mac) or (if you're on Windows) Notepad++. They're both very simple text editors but they have support for markdown if you want to add some style.
    – Erk
    Sep 22, 2019 at 0:26

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I like Notepad++. It has more features than you might want, but it is NOT a document formatter. It is nothing like Microsoft. It is single font, which you can make be a fixed-space font for a typewriter look. It loads quickly, saves files easily, keeps backup files, and doesn't take a lot to learn it.

But, it is multi-window, so you can edit more than one file at a time, or look up in one while writing in another. It has some spell-checking ability you can add (or turn on), but it does not have (AFAIK) Grammerly integration.

If you want platform independence, Notepad++ works pretty well, with very similar products being available on Linux and Windows.

Have you considered using Google docs?

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