Custom Themes

As a productive working author, you spend a lot of time in front of a screen.

Maybe you wake up early to write with the rising sun, or maybe you prefer to write in the lazy warmth of the afternoon. Sometimes you write late at night, when your eyes are tired, on a laptop screen next to a sleeping partner. And sometimes, you just want a change of scenery or a different mood.

Paid subscribers of Shaxpir 4: Pro can choose from any of the seven high-quality designer themes in our collection, each with its own distinct visual style:


Our default Atwood theme presents a clear visual hierarchy of content, using different shades of grey to focus an author’s attention on the craftsmanship of their prose, while de-emphasizing the less-important secondary content in the margins.

This theme uses the clean & classic Minion typeface for prose editing, a bright white workspace for daytime writing, and our distinctive off-red accent color against a slate-grey background.

Users of our free plan, Shaxpir 4: Everyone, will always experience the application through the Atwood theme, while paid Shaxpir 4: Pro subscribers enjoy the ability to change themes anytime.


There’s nothing phony about Salinger, our most easily-readable theme, with crisp background contrast throughout the design, and using the sturdy, legible Merriweather typeface for prose editing. Boasting our brightest white workspace, and earth-toned color scheme, Salinger is perfect for long afternoon writing sessions in bright daylight.


And so it goes… Vonnegut is a daytime theme with just a little bit of darkness. The pale grey workspace is set against a windsor blue background, with violet hum accents. Prose is set using the strong, confident serif of the Vollkorn typeface, perfect for a bleary-eyed novelist scratching out a few chapters before a hearty breakfast of champions.


Shelley is the first of our nighttime themes, employing a medium grey workspace against a midnight blue backdrop and stitched together with electric pear highlights. Bring your words to life with the elegant yet modern lines of the Lora typeface, rendered in an easily-readable light-against-dark style.


As the evening deepens, get comfortable in Deveraux, the second of our nighttime writing themes, with its ripened eggplant background and dusty-tulip accents. Your prose has plenty of room to stretch out, using the relaxed spacing of the Noto Serif typeface, set light-against-dark on a dimly-lit panel.


Feel the chill of a dark October night with Bradbury, the third of our nighttime themes, with an autumn brown backdrop and pumpkin gold highlights, set against a charcoal grey workspace. Lines of prose are humbly and dutifully engraved, light-against-dark, in the precise letterforms of the Crimson Text typeface.


The darkest of our nighttime themes, Lovecraft, renders black obsidian text and blood-red highlights against a pinot noir backdrop and an ash-colored workspace. Prose is boldly forged with the enlarged slab-serifs of the Arvo typeface, using a black-on-black rendering style fit only for the longest and darkest of nights…

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Your Writing Home

Shaxpir isn’t just a tool for cranking out documents. It’s a personal workspace where you can live your writing life, developing new ideas into novels, memoirs, short stories, articles, and more…

Manuscript Builder

Shaxpir provides easy drag-and-drop tools to rearrange your manuscript, changing the order and hierarchy of chapters, so you can find a structure that works for your story.

World-Building Notebook

Keep detailed notes for every element of your story: characters, places, themes, etc… Then link those notes directly to the chapters in your manuscript.

Concept Art

Enhance your brainstorming by thinking visually, bringing your characters and settings to life by attaching concept artwork to all your story notes and ideas.

Margin Comments

Shaxpir lets you hightlight a few words — or an entire paragraph — and jot down your thoughts in the margins, keeping your revision ideas nearby for when you’re ready to polish your final draft.

Version History Tracking

Shaxpir keeps a historical archive in the cloud of all your changes over time, so you can always go back in time and restore a paragraph of text you may have hastily deleted last month.

eBook Export & Publishing

Publish your manuscript as an eBook: HTML for sharing on the web, DOCX for collaborating with agents & editors, or EPUB for distribution to the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks stores.

Set Goals & Track Progress

There’s no better way to improve your craft than to write every day. Shaxpir tracks your daily writing sessions and plots your progress toward your long-term goals.

Custom Themes

Customize the user-interface with seven beautiful designer themes, each with its own distinct color schemes and font-pairings, for nighttime writing or just to change the mood.

Offline Writing

Shaxpir is a desktop application, not just a website. Whether you’re at a cabin in the woods, or just off the grid for a few hours, you don’t have to be online to write.

Cloud Backup & Sync

Whenever you’re online, Shaxpir automatically synchronizes your data to our secure backup servers in the cloud, so you’ll never lose your work again.

Windows + Macintosh

With support for both Mac and Windows platforms, you can start a new chapter at home on your MacBook, and pick up where you left off on your Windows work computer.