What is it about?
Dedicated writers know that they have to spend at least a little time every day honing their craft, and Flowstate has a system to make that happen. You just pick a session of 5, 15, or 30 minutes, and then all you have to do is fill that time with writing. It comes with a catch, however: If you stop typing for more than 5 seconds, it will delete everything. The point is to turn off your analytical brain and tap into your impulsive, instinctual mind to keep your creative taps flowing. It's devious and cruel, but nobody ever said art was easy.
A Simple Philosophy. Flowstate is guided by a simple philosophy: flow, then react. It is the first writing tool to emphasize the distinction between writing and editing. Unlike other writing programs, Flowstate features a sacred space for initial creation, with rigid laws enlisted to unleash a person’s thoughts, feelings and ideas like water.
Be Careful and Write. If you stop before the time is over, you'll lose everything you wrote. Relax, take and deep breath, and let the words flow.
Why we love it
The best productivity apps keep you working, and the threat of wasted time is about as serious as it gets in this hectic world. Maybe Flowstate's methods are a little extreme, but sometimes that's what it takes. We also like the time element, which ensures that our writing time meshes well with the rest of our schedules.
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DIGITAL TRENDS: “May force you into producing the best writing of your life”
MASHABLE: “Kept my nose to the grindstone better than any cup of coffee ever could”
VOX: “For the first time in my life, my fingers moved continuously across the keyboard for 15 minutes”
BOSTON GLOBE: “Forces you into ‘the zone’ and keeps you there”
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The world is a hive of distractions, multi-tasking, and cultural ADD. Many sit down to write and watch hours vanish with nothing to show but a trail of browser tabs. Flowstate is a response to the amphetaminic digital age. It frees the writer to turn on, tune in, and open up.
HOW IT WORKS
Choose how long you want to write (5, 15, 30 min), then enter a flow session. If you exit early, or stop typing for longer than five seconds, all progress is lost. The only way to save your work is by writing until the timer ends.
Flowstate is guided by a simple philosophy: flow, then react.
What does it feel like to write with pure momentum? What comes out when you hurtle deeper and deeper without pausing to tweak or edit?
For those willing to set aside their preconceptions of how to write, they may find a companion in Flowstate: a single law that silences the analytical brain and amplifies a voice of candor.
What you have to offer is you. The way out is through.
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