Write or Die Eliminates Writer's Block.

The problem with writing is that the feedback loop is just too long. Unless you've got a deadline looming it's difficult to find the impetus to keep writing. Write or Die aims to address this difficulty and help you hack your writing process and get your words out!

It's a new kind of writing application that provides consequences for distraction and procrastination. As long as you keep writing, everything is fine, but if you become distracted, there are customizable consequences.

Consequence Mode
The original Write or Die mode, keeps you focused by providing consequences for procrastination and distraction. If you keep writing you're fine, but if you get distracted and stop typing, the app will encourage you to keep writing with a variety of unpleasant stimuli.

Stimulus Mode
The mode with the warm fuzzies. The app creates a (customizable) calm writing environment as long as you keep writing. You are thereby encouraged to continue writing to maintain your chill.

Reward Mode
This breaks your writing word goal into sections with milestones of pleasantness along the way to help keep you moving. Customizable pleasant sounds and images.

Try out the web version at and start getting words on the page.

What's New

Version 1.4

Newly reworked Universal App! Use on iPad or iPhone.
Write or Die puts the "prod" in productivity! Short-circuit your writer's block and keep yourself from procrastinating while writing your first draft.
New Modes! Stimulus Mode provides a peaceful writing experience with calming sounds and tranquil scenes (Headphones recommended). If you stop writing, you are returned to a silent, white page. Reward Mode punctuates your writing session with positive rewards when you complete a certain amount of words.
Get writing!

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings


This is the only app I've ever paid more than a couple bucks for and I did it as much as a tribute to the intention of the app as I did to use it. Write or Die won't make you write because it can't actually kill you. Only you can make yourself write. Physically removing yourself from any electronic source of distraction is mandatory if you are prone to such distractions. What it will do is turn writing into a game which definitely helps build the writing muscle. Even seeing the icon for the app will reinforce your goal to write. As for the design of the app, it has a really cozy, homemade feel that is quirky and magical. It's a bit like a castle at night. Now go write ... or be disappointed in yourself. Peace & love.

Jojo Chanrio

So buggy and it ate an entire session!

I've used the original Write or Die desktop program for years. It was a part of my NaNo and daily writing setup and I loved it. I wanted a more portable writing setup for the coffee shop, so I switched to an iPad Mini with a Magic Keyboard and downloaded this app expecting the same no-frills, get-'er-done performance.

The first few sessions went without a hitch--I wrote 1000 words in 20 minutes, puppies popped up, and I would export it to Scrivener.

And then a couple of days ago, I was drafting a climatic scene for my novel. I was completely in the zone, and stopped at 1500 words. The completion puppies popped up, I clicked out to the lobby, and went to export it to Scrivener.

To my horror, it only saved 200 of the words and rewrote all the other sessions as those 200 words. I lost almost the entire scene and if I hadn't already exported the other sessions, they would have been lost, too.

It's really a shame that I can't rely on this app to properly perform a function as basic as saving my work, especially knowing the original version was so reliable.

Crumpled User

A clunky tool for the desperate.

For all its awkwardness as a file manager, it's harrowing user experience, and the almost negligent inelegance of the writing experience, this app comes through in the end - doing exactly what it purports to do: increase your word count. Is it overpriced? Yes. Did it help me meet my daily writing goals? Yes (in combination with Drafts and Editorial). Do I regret the purchase? No.


Jeffrey Printy
54 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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