No, in fact it scares the beejesus out of me!
The very idea, writing something only to take a breath and have it vanish into thin air scares me spitless.
Writing is scary enough without writing with disappearing ink. And when I first began writing on the web that’s how it felt every time I sent a story out into the world-wide vast mysterious internet.
Now comes along a new app, “The Most Dangerous Writing App”.
This app is designed for you to write without stopping, without thinking and without giving in to writer’s block. If you stop typing for longer than seconds, all progress will be lost. You can set the timer for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 minutes.
This means, no bathroom breaks. Take a pee break and a blank screen will greet you when you return. No breaks to sit back and argue with your protagonist. Because by the time the two of you resolve your differences, poof, the story is gone.
If you are fortunate enough to beat the timer the text remains and you can copy and paste the text into another document.
Now I don’t know about y’all, but writing is hard enough without feeling as if I’m trying to outrun a high-speed train. No, for the love of God, I do not need an app that will delete my writing, should I stand, stretch or go make a cup of coffee. I forget to save things too often as it is.
The intention is a good idea, to enable the writer to shut down the inner editor and get into a state of flow. But we’ve all heard about good intentions.
Third try, and I beat the 5 minute timer!
My hands are shaking, my neck is locked at a weird angle and my eyes bloodshot. But I beat the SOB! Talk about pressure! Sheesh! After the tenth or so sentence, not much else makes sense. OMG, my eight year old grandson could write something more coherent that this gibberish. Nope, won’t be posting this anywhere.
Bottom line, it’s clever. But I doubt it’s something I’ll use. If I want to challenge myself, I can set a timer and pretend. LOL
Or if you’d like to try the app on your computer, here is a free version click the image below.
Read what other people are saying.
The Most Dangerous Writing App’ Is A Terrifying Productivity Tool The Huffington Post UK | By Thomas Tamblyn
Okay, now your turn.
Did you try it?
What did you think? Is this something you will try again?
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