By Jamie Grove
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** About WriteChain **
Created by a writer for other writers, WriteChain is a word count tracking tool designed to remind you to maintain your writing practice.
If you're serious about writing, you know that dedicated practice is the only way to improve and succeed. WriteChain helps you by storing word counts for each writing session and tracking your total word count. The app also goes a step further by counting consecutive daily sessions to measure your "writing chain". If you skip a session, you break the chain and WriteChain lets you know about it.
Visit the WriteChain Support site for more information and a complete walk-through.
** Testimonials **
"Let me tell you that this app has helped me get back on track. I have a contract and haven't been writing like I should. Thanks for a little help!"
"Opening WriteChain after a few guilty days is like sneaking in past curfew and knowing your parents are waiting for you."
"Should be good for NaNoWriMo!"
What's New in Version 1.1
Updated URL link on home screen to go to the official WriteChain support page.
Correct calculation of running word counts on the Sessions list to measure point in time.
Functional, but maybe too basic
You get what you pay for, and in that respect, it's not a bad app. But the simplicity of this program might be too simple, when you get right down to it.
For example, so far as my explorations have found, there's no way to delete sessions in the case of a typo. There's no way to get a daily total for words if you do multiple sessions in one day, and there's no way to enforce the word count - you seem to get a link just as long as you write one word a day, which might be fine for some people, but misses the point for me. I also had to download a second app to count my copy-pasted words in the first place, which seems like a no-brainer feature for a program like this.
I picked up this program so that I could easily keep track of my daily words, and for that purpose, it's largely served its purpose. But it feels like with a little more expanded functionality, this could go from being a marginally all right app to an indispensable one.
Don't let its simplicity fool you. WriteChain is a one-function app that does exactly what it promises - keep you on track with your writing by keeping you accountable to yourself. I love the way it tracks your total word count over all sessions (very inspiring!) and has the ability to add in sessions after the fact that you just might not have had a chance to enter on the day. Set your word count goal and amount of slack you're willing to give yourself and get writing!
Not very useful
Once the novelty of this app wore off (after about two days) the shortcomings became a burden.
1) it doesn't add multiple sessions from the same day. So even though you may have exceeded your goal, the app doesn't reflect it if it wax spread over three sessions.
2) There is no visualization of the chain. What does it matter if you break something you can't see?
3) unless I'm missing it, there is no way to back track and add a word count for previous days. If you don't remember to pick up your phone and enter the count in when you finish the writing your chain is broken.