Can I Edit on a Freewrite?
Seasoned writers recognize that two of the hardest parts of writing is getting focused and staying focused. Freewrite was designed to be the ultimate drafting machine with the best hardware and also a very carefully designed software experience with these problems in mind. Every single element of the product is designed to remove as much friction from the writing process as possible in order to keep you focused and encourage flow.
When writing flow is the goal, friction is the enemy.
Friction in the writing process can take many forms, but one of the biggest problems is ourselves. We are our own worst enemies by constantly second-guessing every word and sentence. To maximize writing productivity and minimize writer's block, that type of scrutiny should come after not during the drafting process.
This method is not something our team came up with. In many MFA programs and writing courses, writers are taught to separate the writing process into two parts: drafting and editing. Freewrite is a tool designed for the millions of writers who find this style of free-form drafting critical to their workflow. We also hope it will help anyone looking to achieve flow state when writing.
With that goal in mind, Freewrite's editing functionality is limited.
You can use the [backspace] key.
You can review what was previously written using the [pg up] and [pg dn] keys.
You can move the cursor with WASD hotkeys.
By design, there is no copy/paste function.
No, Freewrite is not trying to punish you. Quite the opposite!
Freewrite removes subconscious barriers and lets you write with maximum productivity. We have heard from many writers that they have seen their hourly word count double using a Freewrite!