it's just a rough First Draft

Are you a #NaNoWriMo'er, #NaNoPrep'er, or #NaNoWriMo2015 participant?

If you've tweeted one of these hashtags before 10/13, we'd love to give you a free copy of First Draft for 2015!

We're doing an exclusive pre-release for NaNoWriMo participants, so you can try on First Draft for size before starting your marathon.

Learn all about First Draft below. If you want your free copy put in your email and we'll send it to you today!

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Just Remember…

A first draft is to get your ideas out and done is better than perfect.

Forgetting this can make it tough to get lost in writing a good "flow"


On a computer it's easy to forget you're writing a first draft. The words look perfect and final, so you


Especially the first words and sentence.



We wanted a text editor rough writing app that offers the natural reminders of paper.

That's why in First Draft there's no deleting.

The delete key becomes a strikethrough key, making edits rough like paper and acting as a natural reminder.

Typos happen, so until you've committed to a word and pressed space you can fix

wrote, "[First Draft] forces you to focus on getting your thoughts on the page rather than endless doodling with the language." ⎋

Sometimes we're flowing through a draft when we stop and rush to find the perfect picture to support our idea.

Don't settle for less than perfect… later, try placeholders now.

A picture is can be worth a thousand words. Placeholders help you not settle for less than perfect with those "words." Give your pictures, gifs, videos, quotes, charts and anything the same attention your first draft deserves.
The Next Web wrote, "A useful addition to the app is the ability to add labeled placeholders for images, videos and other embeds you may want to add later. The idea here is that searching for the perfect image can distract you from your creative flow." ⎋

We hope First Draft will only be your first step, so it is easy to revise your draft in your favorite text-editor or publishing platform by exporting clean.

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When I write and delete it's about getting my words ideas out. When I edit draft in a notebook the ideas vision just comes out. It's not great perfect, but it's done.

writing in cafe
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When I write it's about getting my ideas out. When I draft in a notebook the vision just comes out. It's not perfect, but it's done.

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All placeholders export as compatible replaceable text, with all strikeouts removed.

BloombergBusiness summed it up writing, "First Draft encourages writers to keep moving forward[…]this program is just for your first, rough run-through. " ⎋

You've probably heard enough from us… but what about them?


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(Coming to iPhone & iPad in November)

unlock all features for $15

If you're on your phone you can…

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How does Flow & First Draft work?


Decreased prefrontal cortex activity and self-consciousness, along with beta and theta waves are associated with flow. Flow is like being lost in the moment, forgetting time. First Draft encourages flow by forgetting editing.


The parietal lobe is active during critical thinking. This can be great for finding typos and refining, but not helpful when trying to write or form your ideas. First Draft actively discourages looking back at what you wrote.

(Admittedly we are not brain scientists, but we have developed First Draft and tested its effects using Emotiv's EEG brain scanners)

Download First Draft to see everything including…



Draft Management keeping your drafts organized and synced.



Prompts from r/WritingPrompts, for inspiration or a few morning pages.


Simple settings to create the environment that you want to write in.



Dark and Light modes to suit your mood and environment.


Minimal Focus Mode that hides everything, keeping you locked in Flow.


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