Writing that book, blog, or essay can be tough. First Draft App will help you get your writing done in less time with less stress. Made by writers for writers, First Draft App takes the writing process to heart: keeping you going forward until the first draft is done and leaving the editing to when the time is right. Using First Draft App you avoid all distractions and always focus on the one thing that matters: writing the next sentence.

New Way of Writing: First Draft App uses a science-based approach to reduce the cognitive burden and stresses of writing. A sliding window only shows you the most recent lines of text, providing only the necessary information to write the next sentence. Once that sentence is complete, it becomes uneditable. This unique approach stops you from being overly critical of your writing during the first draft, maximises productivity by avoiding pre-emptive editing, and always keeps your focus on getting the words onto the page.

Fully Customizable: First Draft App provides numerous options to customise the look of your writing to suit you as an individual. Select colours that promote creativity and calmness. Select a font which matches the theme of your writing. No more uninspired writing: start enjoying the look of your words on the screen.

Effortless Tracking: First Draft App allows you to set a goal for each file you create and automatically monitors your progress against that goal. You can target a total word count, writing time, or even set daily goals. Want to write 500 words a day for the next month? With an in-built calendar and feedback notifications, First Draft App will show you exactly how much progress you’ve made and remind you of what you need to do next.

Real Accountability: First Draft App can give real accountability to your writing targets. Any target you set for a file can be “enforced”. This means that until you fully achieve your goal, you will not be able to export your writing from the app. First Draft App can convert your writing targets into real commitments, helping motivate you to sit down and write until you reach your goal. But don’t worry, with First Draft App’s encrypted file format, you can still make back-ups of your writing while working towards your goal!

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

Several visual improvements have been made to First Draft App!

Ratings and Reviews

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ClotheyourselfinHim ,

Excellent for getting a first draft down, particularly for those perfectionists out there. Coming from a writer who enjoys classic writing instruments such as fountain pens and typewriters, this is a useful minimalists for the PC. Well done.

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The developer, Simon Newby, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

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