January 28


A Typewriter That Deletes Your Work

From The Verge:

Flowstate… is a writing and note-taking tool, and it’s a super clean, minimal, and beautiful way to jot down your thoughts, especially on mobile. But its key feature is the ability to set timed writing sessions in which any text you’ve put to the page will disappear if you stop writing for more than seven seconds. Yes, really.

You can pick from one of one of five fonts, including graphic design-friendly favorites like Futura and Apple’s new San Francisco. You then set a timer between five and 180 minutes. As soon your fingers stop producing keystrokes of any kind, the text will begin to disappear. After seven seconds, so long as you don’t hit a single key to bring the text back, your page goes blank and the timer resets. The app is available today on the Mac App Store for $15, and on iOS for $8.

Interested? Feeling brave?

For me, a good session means drafting about 1,300 words of my novel. The key limitations, for me, are: my ability to picture the sensory reality of scenes, which seems to just get tired out after a few hours; the semi-conscious flow of pretty good prose, which seems to dry up around lunch time; my capacity to feel the story, and the protagonist, and know the right way to present the next part that it makes sense, that it continues the things the reader was caring about in the previous scenes.  

I’m not at all convinced that writing much faster would help. But maybe that’s fear talking….


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