Software and Apps

The Most Dangerous Writing App


Last week I discovered The Most Dangerous Writing App.

This writing app is such a simple idea. Type intensively for five minutes or the words disappear. Five minutes is the default. You can change that time for 3, 5, 10, 20, 30 or 60 minutes.

This is a challenge. You can’t overthink. If you stop for longer than five seconds, the words are wiped from the screen.  It’s the fear that keeps you writing. (Sometimes I play around with that fear and deliberately stop, letting the app delete everything. It is good to know what it feels like to lose everything.  And it doesn’t feel that bad, honestly.)

What have I learnt over the past seven days?

  • Five minutes feels like the right period of time. It is long enough to not lose focus.
  • I type 250 words in five minutes.
  • Look down at the keyboard and not at the screen.
  • Don’t worry about spelling mistakes. I’ll deal with that later.
  • Repeating the exercise two or three times on the same subject adds depth.

Altogether a fun way to stimulate your writing.  And it is free. What more could one ask for?