Tech Tip: Frost, a free online writing tool

Text: Beautifully crafted minimal backgrounds that allow you to focus on what's important: your writing. Image: a black frame with a white rectangle, a paragraph of text, and a small image of a tree.

This month, I’m sharing a free online writing tool that is similar to the Ommwriter app (another favorite), but is completely run within your web browser: Frost.

Frost provides a clean, minimalist interface that can help you focus on the writing process and eliminates many distractions. It does not include a bunch of formatting options nor does it support images. Instead, it plays soft, ambient music and offers a number of simple background images/animations. You can see your word count at the bottom (Be sure to move your mouse to unhide it.), and you can click the cloud icon to download your writing as a .txt file.

According to the developer, “There are also over thirty (30) curated themes with over 20 hours of music and everything’s ad-free. You can also shuffle writing backgrounds and your content stays auto saved without even creating an account!”

What writing tools are you using? Please share in the comments below!

Have a cool app, tool, or tech tip you’d like to share? Contact Chase Masters. Please note that Tech Tips are personal recommendations and might not be officially endorsed or supported by U-M.

Author: Chase Masters, University Library

Chase's role at the Taubman Health Sciences Library includes managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving in the HS-STEM Administration Unit, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the university community. You may reach him at