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HUFFINGTON POST: “An unparalleled writing experience”
GQ: “One of the most powerful mechanisms to spur the imagination”
THE VERGE: “Among the cleanest and best designed note-taking apps I've ever used on iOS”
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”
JUDD APATOW: “Thanks!!!”
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○ "Your worst nightmare"
○ “Like a drug”
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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.
Your documents are synced across all devices
Exclusive to iOS and macOS
Built by Overman
Ratings and Reviews
New version won't let you adjust the amount of time before the writing gets deleted
I have been using Flowstate for over a year and it has helped my writing a lot. The new update destroyed it for me though, for two reasons. First, I lost all the files I had created before the update. I tried to follow the procedures they recommended for recovering them from the cloud, but got nothing.
Second, on the earlier version I was able to adjust the time it took before it deleted everything. I was able to find a time short enough to spur my creativity but long enough to let the words flow naturally, rather than feeling frantic about getting them out in time. On the new version, I can't find any setting that allows me to adjust the delete time, and the default setting is too quick for me.
Others have written about great support from the developers. That has not been my experience. I have emailed them and have never received a response.
YES! So happy this is on the iOS App Store too!
I fell in love with this app on the Mac, and was nervously hoping it would appear on my iPad's App Store too. Thank you developers of this fantastic app.
Okay, so for those who don't get the usefulness of this app:
It makes you write. Period. If you don't keep writing, you lose everything. But don't fear! You get plenty of advance warning. Your text actually starts to fade out, but once you start typing again it all comes back. So just keep at it. Easy.
The point is you aren't supposed to worry about what you're writing, just do it. Your thoughts will come out, and you'll remember ideas you had throughout the day that you desperately wanted to get into text but could only remember when you were literally forced to keep those fingers moving and building the muscle memory necessary to type an entire novel out.
Question to the devs: Any idea how many novels have been published using Flow State to create the first draft? I'd be curious to know.
Cheers guys, fantastic app. You may have solved my decades long crippling self-consciousness and compulsion to edit as I go. I LOVE this app.
Read the poor ratings and laugh
Some ratings here insinuate that there is a bug that deletes your data. They are referring to this app's fundamental feature. When you need to kickstart your creativity, you're forced to write intensely for five (or whatever) minutes for fear of losing your data.
This is a FANTASTIC feature. Not a bug. Far from it and it has moved me to write several stories I otherwise would not have.
Feature request: first time users aren't given a clear explanation as to what's happening. An up front video or tutorial would help mitigate against these errant and poor reviews.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.