The Ultimate Distraction-Free Text Editor

Cold Turkey Writer won't quit until you're done.
Like, literally will not quit.

Cold Turkey Writer Screenshot




Block Everything

Cold Turkey Writer runs fullscreen and basically turns your computer into a typewriter until you reach your specified goal.

Lock Settings

Set your goal to work for a set period of time or until you reach a certain word count. You're guaranteed to achieve your goal. Why? Because you've got no other choice.


Productive Soundtracks (Pro Only)

Getting distracted by playing your favorite songs? Listen to background sounds that get you in the zone! Soundtracks are provided by Coffitivity and RainyMood.

Free Updates (Pro Only)

Cold Turkey Writer Pro will always come with free updates. You only have to pay once to have Cold Turkey Writer Pro and all the updates for a lifetime!


No Installer

This app runs as a stand-alone program. This makes it very portable and easy to share with friends. Just please don't share it online.

Advanced Settings (Pro Only)

Cold Turkey Writer Pro includes features for advanced writers. Tiny productivity tricks like disabling the delete/backspace key are great for typing out the first draft.


Auto Save

Don't worry about having to click the save button. Your draft will automatically be saved to your personal "Documents" folder, every 10 seconds. You'll never lose any work.

Themes (Pro Only)

Go easy on your eyes by using a light theme for the day and a dark theme at night. You can also change the text size between three available sizes.

The progress bar says it all.

To check how much time or words you have left, just check the blue progress bar. After you've reached your goal (hover over the image on the left), you will see the option to snooze or save and quit. Choose what's necessary.

Cold Turkey Writer Screenshot


  • Price
  • Included
  • Unstoppable
  • Time Based Goal
  • Word Count Goal
  • Themes
  • Advanced Settings
  • Soundtracks
  • Free Updates



Frequently Asked Questions


What file formats are supported?

Cold Turkey Writer can only open and save files in plain text (.txt). Once your draft is saved, you can open the text file in your favourite text editor to finish off the formatting.

Are you making a Chrome OS/Android/iOS version?

No. The main focus of this app is to block out all distractions. These OS's have security features that prevent me from keeping Cold Turkey Writer open even when you try to close it (for now).

Can't I just <insert key combination> out of it?


Does "asdf asdf asdf" count as 3 words?

Congratulations. You figured it all out.

I bought the pro version. Where are my features?

The pro features are available once you start a writing session. You'll be able to click a little arrow in the bottom left corner of the screen which will reveal a list of options.

Why does this app keep getting renamed?

This app was first called Force Draft, but we didn't like it very much. The second name created a trademark conflict, which leaves us with Cold Turkey Writer today.

What advanced settings are available?

The pro advanced settings include enabling or disabling: copy and paste, text selection, the backspace key, the delete key and the arrow keys. You'll also get the coffee shop and rain sound effects and some theming options.

What theming options?

There are just two themes: light and dark. This feature is a nice to have for writers that find themselves up late at night. Additionally, you can change the text size between small, medium and large.



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