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?

Journal Writing

Childhood Stories

Childhood stories are about friendships, laughter, bravado, tears and pain. Ask yourself a few questions to spark those memories.

As a child:
your favourite toy was …
your favourite book was …
your favourite sport was …
your best friend was …
your favourite sweets were …

Journal Writing

Stepping back in time

Your memories contain the sights, sounds, feelings, tastes and smells of your original experience. To step back in time, focus on just one sense.

Which sense to begin with? Ask yourself ‘What do I remember first?’ Is it an image, sound, smell or texture? Describe this first moment in detail to begin your journey into the past.

The writer

What do you believe?

What do you believe? What interests you? What questions do you have? Are you looking for answers?

Commit to your beliefs. Let the truth come out through your writing. Start with the simplest beliefs and then spread out, allowing them to become complicated. What are the consequences of your beliefs? What is the good and the bad in them?

When writing your story, use this knowledge to influence your writing, but don’t make the mistake of telling us what you believe. Let us work it out for ourselves.