As the year draws to a close, I continue an annual tradition of writing ax words about x pieces. This year, that means trying to put 2022 in 2,022 words. As you can imagine, that’s a lot. I usually write 5,000-6,000 words and then have to ruthlessly edit it to try to hit my word limit. Part of the challenge, however, is reliving all the ups and downs of the year without being overwhelmed. The trick is to keep your fingers moving no matter what. And recently I found an app for it that I would like to share with you all. It’s the season after all.
As an author, you’ll often find yourself reaching for the “Save” button. After all, it is your lifeline. A brief power outage or computer snafu is enough to eventually undo all your hard work. But what if there was no save button? What if there was no way to stare out the window for inspiration, no pauses to think of a funny twist, and no way to pause? What if this was like the movie Speed 2, only instead of a boat, you’re on a bus? What if it explodes when you slow down? Spring. Welcome to the world of extreme writing.
That is the premise for the Most Dangerous Writing App. If you stop typing for more than a few seconds, you will see your writing disappear. And if you’re particularly slow, that’s the end of it. Your words disappear into the digital ether, never to be seen again. Don’t pick up your phone. Don’t respond to a notification. When the FedEX guy finally shows up with the package you’ve been waiting for, there’s no way you can slow down for even a moment.
The Most Dangerous Writing app encourages you to stay focused and is actually a great tool for finding your flow state and staying in it. It’s a great idea. Having to write a few words every second takes away the fear of the blank page and having to keep writing helps keep you on your toes.
In many ways, the app reminds me of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when you have to write a 50,000-word novel. Or so. I can not remember. I would normally google it to make sure I got the word count right, but I can’t stop because when I open a new tab I lose what I’ve written so far in this article. Argh! But okay, the point is that it both helps you start writing and compels you to finish a piece. Because, well, if you don’t finish it, you lose it. And I do not want that. Nobody wants that.
It’s not exactly a very advanced app, but it’s a surprising and fun way to force yourself to start writing and keep writing. It got me thinking about writing in a very different way. By the way, it proves that I can actually write for five minutes straight, which is quite a nice gift to give myself.
Also, I’m sure the Eureka News Now editors will appreciate that I write directly for five minutes before hitting publish, pausing just long enough to add some links and a featured image without the need for a Editor corrected my typos. I’m sorry Henry.