If you have never heard of it, The Most Dangerous Writing App is a simple website for which the motto is:
Don’t stop typing, or all progress will be lost.
If you stop writing for a short while, the text starts to fade away and will be entirely erased after 5 seconds. At that point, everything written will be lost without hope to get it back.
You can choose the limit by which you can download or copy the text based on two settings: time or amount of words.
The time limit goes from 3 to 60 minutes while the word limit goes from 75 to 1667 (god only knows why he chose such a weird number as a limit).
There is also a hardcore mode in which only the letter which just got typed can be seen for a split second. This allows you to focus on the content directly, not correcting typos and such.
This tool can be incredibly useful if properly used but there are some risks as well.
Obviously, the first reason to use it is to enter a flow at the beginning of a writing session.
Every writer has had at one point difficulties entering a state of mind in which words are flowing like a cascade without stop. Having an idea for an article, book, etc. is a start but we often find ourselves stuck with the very beginning.
Thoughts are present but you cannot seem to find in which order they should come nor how to connect them. In such cases, this website forces you to keep writing.
Your mind gets pushed to think and find on the spot a following to whatever you have already written.
As a result, while the text may not be perfect, you have at least created a basis on which you can build and then turn everything in a proper piece of writing as you originally had in mind.
This website can also be a great way to find new ideas.
It can be used as some sort of blank page on which you can write words or expressions that are somehow connected to the previous ones you have written.
Doing this for even just 5 minutes can create an array of ideas which are originally supposed to be all connected together.
However, if you look at the first ideas with the last keywords you have entered, you will usually find a distance between them. This exercise indeed forces your brain to make connections which you probably wouldn’t have made.
This is a sort of musculation exercise for your brain, your thought process. Taking the time to train to make unconventional connections will allow you to think on your feet more easily in daily life, but also to discover new ways to organize your text and new article ideas even!
The first and obvious risk is to just use a text created on it directly as is. While important not to overthink your text, it is also crucial to not let it become too plain.
Processing an article based on the first draft created will only make it be of poor quality. While it is a good idea to force your brain to think quickly so you don’t lose your text, it can also create unnatural connections only you could follow due to your past experiences.
This is why you need to think about those clearly, taking the time to edit your text the right way.
Furthermore, if you already have a clear idea of how you plan on setting your text, it is better to avoid using this website. It is greatly useful to get you started but in the midst of the rush your brain gets in, you may forget one important aspect and have trouble putting it back in later on.