However, finding your writing flow can be hard, which is where an online tool called ilys comes into play. It locks you into your writing flow by not letting you see what you’ve written until you reach a word count goal that you define.
As you write in ilys, you’ll only see the letter you last pressed, and it’ll only show for a second. This prevents you from going back and re-reading what you’ve written, which effectively kills your inner editor.
In turn, this maximizes your creative flow because it lets you put 100% of your focus on the prose flowing from your mind. There’s no room to worry about typos and other small errors that can snap you out of your zen state.
It sounds like a crazy way to write, but it really does work. Not sure if it’s right for you? You can take the service for a test drive with a free trial of 3,000 words, which should be more than enough to decide if writing in this way is something that feels good to you. After that, it only costs $10 per month.
It runs right in your web browser, so you don’t even need to download anything. Plus, ilys also has a dashboard that keeps track of how many words you’ve written each day, so you can see physical evidence of your progress.
Are you going to write a book for NaNoWriMo? Do you think a service like ilys will make the process smoother for you? Let us know in the comments section below!