The Most Dangerous Writing App- literally.

I am always looking for new writing exercises to pass onto you fabulous writers. Writing can become very tedious, which in turn can force us to become stagnant. How many times can we sit down at the same computer, at the same coffee shop, and work on the same few pages? It will make anyone go a little crazy and will eventually bring on a nasty case of writer’s block. To make sure we keep our creative juices flowing, we need to switch up our routine a bit every once in a while. Maybe we take up a bench in the park for a few hours instead of writing under the dim light of our favorite coffee spot. Or maybe we try writing at night, versus during the wee hours of the morning. Or just maybe, we take a break from our current project and focus on some freestyle writing- even if just for an hour.

This morning I came across a new (well, for me) writing app called ‘The Most Dangerous Writing App’– and it takes its name quite literally. To put it simply, you set the amount of time you want to write for and if you stop typing before time is up… everything gets deleted. It’s a web based app that you can use with any type of browser, making it very accessible from wherever you are.


At first I was horrified. How about if you pen the start to the next Pulitzer Prize novel and then you stop for just a second to take a sip of coffee and it’s GONE?! After my initial freak out of far fetched dreams, I shifted back to reality. The purpose of this app isn’t to write an amazing piece of literature, it’s to exercise and train your writing brain. Many writers struggle with finding chunks of time in their day to sit down and write. This app trains you to sit down and follow through on your commitment. If you struggle to write for more than than a half hour, set the timer for 45 minutes. Write about absolutely anything. Your day, your weekend plans, or that crazy dream you had last night. Anything- just don’t stop. Soon enough, writing for a half hour will feel easy and you can slowly work your way up writing for hours without much thought to it.

Another great benefit of the app is that it doesn’t allow for perfectionism. You have absolutely no time to go back and read what you just wrote or fix your grammar errors. If you do… well, you know- your work will be deleted. It trains our brain to be alright with getting all our thoughts out on paper without thinking about how it’s  actually sounding or what golden writing rule we just broke. Writers need to get more comfortable with the idea of a crappy first draft because to be honest, most are. It’s really hard to fully edit or tweak unfinished work. You need to have the structure of your story, the bare details, and the arc of where you are hoping to take your book laid out before you can really get down to writing. That’s hard to do if you are continually obsessing over the same paragraph. Do yourself a favor and forget about it. Continue writing and come back to it after. You will have a much clearer idea of what your purpose is and making corrections won’t seem as daunting.

Trying out this app will definitely be scary the first couple times, but I truly think only good things will come from it. As long as you don’t use it to write that book or essay you are on a strict deadline for.

Write on.

13 thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Writing App- literally.

  1. Kellie Doherty March 13, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Oh my goodness, this is both incredibly scary and incredibly genius!

  2. ccrauthor March 9, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Reblogged this on claudia radmore and commented:
    I’ve known writers who use this and it works for them!

  3. wlancehunt March 20, 2018 / 7:33 am

    Curious. Simply not sure that putting a word down simply to put any word down whatsoever is the same as writing. As a habit builder…. perhaps for a short time, but I do like to pause and think, verify, make sure I’m on track and not wasting time on a tangent. Seems one would be punished for following any sort of planning one does.

  4. lynnetteok March 22, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I’m going to give it a shot…. As soon as I work up the nerve 😲

  5. spines in a line March 24, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    That sounds terrifying! But definitely pushes you to keep going

  6. kwd April 16, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the tip – to get me started writing what eventually turned into a memoir, a journalist friend suggested I write 10 minute memories, freestyle, without stopping, reading over, correcting. It was amazing! I did it for maybe 100 pages over a few months and although, I never used anything verbatim from the pages, it jogged my writing brain and my re-membering cells and got me rolling.

  7. EvelynKrieger April 19, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Wow, even the title of your post drew me in. Now I’m curious. Want to try it out first and report back?:)

  8. storiesofthen April 19, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Kerry A Waight and commented:
    I bit too scary for me – but a great idea if you just need to get your writing vibe happening again

  9. spyrorondos April 27, 2018 / 10:31 am

    I don’t have time for this. Just kidding…or am I?

  10. terryspear May 22, 2018 / 9:52 am

    What a horrible idea. lol I write 2,000 words + a day, have to take breaks, but that’s my goal. The idea of writing and having everything deleted because I took a break to let the dogs out or whatever, awful. But for some, this might be a great way to become motivated.

  11. Kendall F. Person May 23, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Thanks for the review and the writing app. You are apprenticed.

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