Crafting a Minimal Writing Environment with Emacs - System Crafters Live!

Emacs packages

Showcased packages (in order of appearance)

These packages were shown by David on stream.

Mentioned packages

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Complete Configuration

A .spacemacs configuration for writers: emacs-for-writers | Emacs configuration for writers. Focus on story development and structured writing. (mentioned by @shom in chat)

Emacs Lisp

Mentioned Emacs Lisp tidbits.


  • scroll-lock-mode (it doesn’t have an info node, so check the mode’s documentation via describe-function; TL:DR: make movement move the screen but keep the cursor at the visual position)


Other writer resources


Off-topic content:

  • please drink verification can (a dystopian outlook of always-online DRM, posted as a story on 4chan, screenshot by unknown, mentioned by acdw)
  • Xonotic (a Quake-like arena shooter)
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These notes are almost as amazing as the stream itself!


Yes, these notes are fantastic, thanks @ashraz! (no thanks to Leftpad though)

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