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15 09 13


Hey, I found something neat on the internet again!

This one’s probably only going to be useful for the writers out there (though I believe that is the larger part of my audience by now), but who knows, maybe you can find another use for it as well. Indelible is a writing space where the backspace key has been disabled. Yes, that is literally all there’s to it. Yes, it takes some getting used to. No, I don’t make typos. What do you mean “liar”?

Sounds pretty simply, doesn’t it? But have you ever tried not using backspace? It’s like writing on paper, you can’t undo your mistakes without making an even bigger mess. And that’s the idea behind it, to get back to the old days writing when editing was done through rewriting pages, instead of going back-and-forth as you wrote. I haven’t done anything big with it yet, but for the time I used it, pretty cool. It forces you to think ahead, focus on the next sentence and how you’re going to use it.

So what about the typos? Don’t worry, you can erase the last word you wrote. That way you can fix your typo and you won’t end up with something only barely readable.
Indelible also stores everything you do neatly so that you can compare your works and see if you’ve gotten any better. I think it might be a good idea for me to start doing this on a bi-daily basis or something. Practice is important, and this restricts me so that it can be pretty challenging as well.

Can’t wait to look back and see what weird turns I made to make sure a piece was coherent after my initial badly thought-out opening.
~ Fang


  • 17/09/2013 (7:08 AM)

    Oh god no, I could never use something like this.

    Do you know how many times I write, re-write, and re-write until it sounds perfect?

  • 16/09/2013 (4:32 PM)

    As a guy who makes a living off of writing a skeleton/outline and then going back and adding/fixing stuff as he goes, this app sounds like my worst nightmare. :)

  • 16/09/2013 (12:59 AM)

    it does sound like a pretty neat idea but I know I make way too many typos. that does mean it’s geared towards me though

  • 16/09/2013 (12:00 AM)

    Another good one for writers is RubyRoom (linux), DarkRoom (Windows), WriteRoom (Mac).
    It’s basically a full screen “no interruptions” text editor that allows you to focus 100% on your text without getting distracted.
    Just Google it, you will like it.

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