I'm straining every cell of my will-power to finish my doctorate this year. So anything that helps with my daily writer's block is extremely welcome indeed.
While nothing will prevent the incredible procrastination skills that develop as the thesis crisis deepens, even the smallest aid is helpful.
The recently released WriteRoom is not just an aid, it's a productivity hand-grenade. An interface-free typing space, it's a full-screen textual experience which gives you no choice but to get on with the work of typing.
Sure you could approximate the experience in Word with a lot of preferences faffing and closing palettes. But somehow knowing that you just can't bold, bullet and border something lightens the load.
Best yet, WriteRoom is free so enjoy.
(DarkRoom is a free Windows clone of WriteRoom for those that way inclined)