The Most Dangerous Writing App

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The Most Dangerous Writing App
Developer(s)Manuel Ebert
Stable release
2.3 / 2019-05-08
PlatformWeb Application
TypeText editor
LicenseGNU General Public Licence

The Most Dangerous Writing App is a web application for free writing that combats writer's block by deleting all progress if the user stops typing for five seconds.[1][2] It is targeted at creative writers who want to write first drafts without worrying about editing or formatting.


The app is designed to "shut down your inner editor and get you into a state of flow",[3] referring to the psychological concept of being in a flow state.

Users start a writing session by choosing a time or word limit,[4] and can only save or download their work if they complete the set limit without interruption. An optional "hardcore mode" blurs out everything the user has written so far, making it impossible to edit before finishing the writing session.[5]


The Most Dangerous Writing App was created by software engineer Manuel Ebert and was released as free, open source software on February 29, 2016.[6] It was reviewed by Wired, Forbes, Vogue, Huffington Post, The Verge, The Next Web, and others.[1][2][6][4][7][8] It has been used in free writing contests and is recommended by NaNoWriMo.[9][10]

In April 2019, The Most Dangerous Writing App was acquired by Squibler,[11] but the original version remains freely accessible.[12]

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  1. ^ a b "This 'Productivity' App Will Literally Destroy Your Work If You Stop Typing". HuffPost UK. 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  2. ^ a b Ghoshal, Abhimanyu (2016-03-07). "This writing app will delete your work if you stop typing". The Next Web. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  3. ^ "The Most Dangerous Writing App - Help". Archived from the original on 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  4. ^ a b Rhodes, Margaret (2016-03-14). "Sadistic Writing App Deletes Your Work if You Stop Typing". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  5. ^ "How to Perform Under Pressure With These 8 Wacky Productivity Apps". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  6. ^ a b Statt, Nick (2016-03-09). "The Most Dangerous Writing App lets you delete all of your work for free". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  7. ^ "I Tried The App That Erases Everything You Write If You Stop Typing". Teen Vogue. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  8. ^ Wagstaff, Keith. "Get Back To Work! 6 Clever Productivity Apps". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  9. ^ "PowerHouseCreatives Contest | The Most Dangerous Writing App (Results)". Busy. 2019-04-01. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  10. ^ "5 Ways to Raise the Stakes of Your Writing". National Novel Writing Month. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  11. ^ Ebert, Manuel (2019-10-17), If you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will be lost.: maebert/themostdangerouswritingapp, retrieved 2019-10-17
  12. ^ Ebert, Manuel. "The Most Dangerous Writing App". MDWA. Retrieved 2019-10-17.

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