App Wednesday – WriteChain, can it keep you writing everyday?

“Come on, Maggot! You think your Momma is gonna jump inside your blockhead, pull the words out, and slap them down on paper?! Now drop and give me 10 pages!” If only we had Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket as our own muse…

It’s been said that writers, by nature, are procrastinations. We often put off projects until our deadline looms above our heads like a executioner’s blade. But, many ask, how can we help ourselves? The very tool that we use for our livelihood is also the biggest contributor to our lollygagging. Computers allow us to watch endless hours of videos, get sucked into mindless video games and experience anything and everything that the web has to offer all without leaving our workplace. If only there was an app that reminded us about our productivity…

WriteChain is a very simple writing app that is basically a word count tracking tool for the iPhone. I just downloaded the app and “simple” and “basic” are even too much to give this app. It is bare bones, which is all you need. Basically, you type in a daily goal word amount and then you type in your word count for the day. You can even give yourself a couple of days off (say, for weekend breaks) but any more time off and you break the chain. While the app won’t call someone to your house to knock the crap out of you if you don’t reach your goal or you break the chain, this app works on the same honor system principle that calorie counter apps do. I’ve used those in the past and when I saw the actual numbers of calories I was surprised. I’m thinking the same thing will happen here. The app is simply a means to keep us honest with ourselves and to keep us on track and keep the old kiester in the chair and tap, tap, tapping on our keyboards.

Would WriteChain help you? Do you use another method to ensure you’re hitting your writing goals? (no Twinkies for a week if you don’t hit 1,000 words?) And what about daily goals? Easier to keep track of daily goals than weekly or monthly? To the keyboards!  


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose first non-fiction proposal just went out for consideration to a few NY houses! Fingers crossed! The Brink is my latest fiction offering and here’s what some folks are saying about it:

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“He’s the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

The Brink is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99! Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at

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