WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Tools for fools

I just heard of this new writing app called BlankPage. It helps you write. Awesome!

I’m not sure why they don’t like to put a space between Blank and Page. The app was created by Swedes, so maybe Swedish eschews unnecessary spaces between wørds. No idea.

Not having gone into the details, since I have no plan to use this app myself, I understand that it helps you by setting word count goals and somehow chiding you when you’re falling short. It lets you “organise” your work however you wish. And it provides “inspiration” when you most need it so you don’t succumb to writer’s block.

You might remember that I rejected Scrivener a while back, after using it for a now-defunct project. Without even trying BlankPage, I reject it outright.

For one thing, it costs $5/month, $40/year, or $499 for a lifetime subscription! If you’re 30, do you think BlankPage will still be there 50 years from now when you’re 80? If so, spring for the lifetime. I bet $499 will buy you a Diet Trump Cola in 2067.

Act now, though, and you can get the lifetime subscription for just $24.99 from the Boing Boing store! That’s a 94% discount. I’m tempted to do it just to save $474.01. With which I’ll buy something I really need.

Or, you could run over to Staples and buy a dozen legal pads for about $15. Literal blank pages.

And you can fill them with as many of your brilliant words as you can manufacture. “Organised” as you wish. You might want to pick up a few pens while you’re at it.

Put another way, no app is going to make you a great writer. Whether they scribble on laptops, legal pads, cocktail napkins, or the palms of their hands, writers gonna write. Right?

8 comments on “Tools for fools

  1. Ilona Elliott
    October 20, 2017

    A creativity pill would be nice. We could put everyone in the White House on em and maybe finally see something good come out of that place.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 20, 2017

      I think someone over there is on LSD right now …

      • Ilona Elliott
        October 20, 2017

        Actually, they have found that LSD under controlled circumstances can be very helpful to some people with mental illness…opening their minds up and reducing paranoia and the like. Hmmmm.

  2. Phillip McCollum
    October 20, 2017

    I had a hearty laugh after a friend forwarded me a Kickstarter for a “Mindfulness” journal… it had these inspirational quotes at the bottom and this bold concept of blank space in which to write your mindful thoughts.

    We’re in the wrong business, Kevin.

  3. Audrey Driscoll
    October 20, 2017

    The blank pages that (sort of) inspire me are made of 100% real paper. Some of them are junk mail. I routinely check before I chuck, and any piece of paper with one good side is incorporated into the WIP.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 21, 2017

      Great idea! I repurpose paper for notes and song lyrics … and grocery lists. But I love the idea of WIPs made of recycled trash! 😉

  4. francisguenette
    October 21, 2017

    Well said, Kevin. Writers gotta write and sure, that blank old page is sometimes intimidating but it’s meant to be. Putting words down is supposed to be a challenge. We couldn’t feel so great when we’d done it if it wasn’t hard work.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 21, 2017

      Thanks, Fran! They keep trying to come up with gizmos that make it easier, but if it were so easy, anyone could do it. Sometimes it feels like everyone IS doing it, but you know what I mean … 😉

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