Don’t stop writing, or your words will disappear from the page • TechCrunch
The year is coming to an end, and with it, I continue an annual tradition of writing words on x coin. This year, that means trying to cram the year 2022 into 2,022 words. As you can imagine, that’s a lot. I typically write between 5,000 and 6,000 words and then have to ruthlessly edit them to try and hit my word cap. Part of the challenge, however, is reliving all the highs and lows of the year without getting overwhelmed. The trick is to keep your fingers moving no matter what. And recently I found an app for that, which I would like to share with you all. it’s the season, after all.
As a writer, you will often find yourself reaching for the save button. It’s your lifeline, after all. After all, a short power outage or computer crash is enough to wipe out all your hard work. But what if there was has been no save button? What if there was no staring out the window for inspiration, no pausing to think of a witty turn of phrase, and no way to stop for a break? What if it was like the movie Speed 2, except instead of a boat, you’re on a bus? What if, when you slow down, it explodes? Well. Welcome to the world of extreme writing.
This is the premise of the most dangerous writing app. If you stop writing for more than a few seconds, you will see your writing disappear. And, if you’re particularly slow, that’s it. Your words disappear into the digital ether, never to be seen again. Don’t pick up your phone. Do not react to a notification. If the FedEX guy finally arrived with that package you’ve been waiting for TOUGH, there’s no way to slow down for even a moment.
Encouraging you to stay focused and makes it a great tool for finding and staying in your flow state, the most dangerous writing app is a brilliant idea. Being forced to write a few words every second means the fear of the blank page fades, and having to keep writing helps keep you on your toes.
In many ways, the app reminds me of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where you have to write a 50,000 word novel. Or something. I do not remember. Usually I would google it to make sure I got the right word count but I can’t stop because if I open a new tab I’ll lose what I’ve written so far in This article. Argh! But okay, the fact is that it will help you both start write and force yourself to to end a piece too. Because, well, if you don’t finish it, you lose it. And I don’t want that. Nobody wants that.
It’s not exactly a very advanced app, but it’s a surprisingly fun way to force yourself to start writing and keep writing. It made me think about how I write very differently. Incidentally, this proves that I am, in fact, capable of writing five minutes in a row as well, which is a very nice gift to be able to give myself.
I’m also sure TechCrunch editors will be happy that I write five minutes straight before hitting publish, pausing just long enough to add links and a featured image, but not letting an editor correct my keyboard typos. Sorry, Henry.