Recently I’ve been writing much more than I used to: long emails, software
documentation, personal Wiki, keeping work journal, blogging, writing
challenges… Luckily enough, I do all of this writing in Vim. But sometimes
writing prose in Vim might feel a bit unnatural, especially if you have a wide
screen: text will be on the very left side of the screen, or (if
not enabled) you’ll end up with lines hundreds of characters long. And overall,
editing text in Vim sometimes might feel a bit clunky - with all the extra
information and high-tech (or low-tech, depending on your perspective) look.
I found a simple, yet sufficient solution for this issue: VimRoom. It’s a Vim plugin which enters distraction-free writing mode, by centering the 80-character block of text on your screen. It’s highly configurable, and I found it to look especially pleasing on vertical monitors (which I prefer to use for writing). It looks presentable even on smaller screens though, here’s a screenshot:
Install the plugin (use a package manager like Vundle or Pathogen to
simplify the task) and add a following line to your
nnoremap <Leader>vr :VimroomToggle<CR>
<Leader>vr to drop in/out of the VimRoom mode (
<Leader is a
\ character by default).
GitHub link: https://github.com/mikewest/vimroom.