The newest writing craze app, Flowstate, is just such a teacher. The Apple only app for your iPhone or iPad deletes your words if you pause for even a few seconds. The app is designed to teach you to push past writer's block and force yourself to continue writing, no matter how hard the going.
Users seem to love the app, even at the premium price; it seems to be helping most users to fall into the flow of words instead of distractions. It pushes you past writer's block and forces you to learn how to continue writing, no matter what.
So, is it worth it?
In my opinion, it's not. When most of the well-written reviews of a product from respected sources have sentences like "if you are a gluten for punishment," or "it might drive you crazy," I have to wander if the stress of the forced word will prevent new writers from wanting to continue at all. The app is effective, but only if you continue to use it.
With a very "do or do not. There is no try" attitude of Flowstate, I think that most would be writers will choose to "do not." The best way to keep writing is to force yourself to keep writing, with or without motivation. But for those who need a little extra something to keep going, check out this short list of better apps to keep you writing:
Self Control App: Self Control allows you to block yourself from accessing certain sites while you are supposed to be writing. The app will block your access to Facebook or Tinder or whatever other sites you seem to get lost in when you should be writing. This is for iOS only, but there seems to be a few copycat apps for Windows.
Habit Reminders: There are a thousand apps that will set automatic alarms for your phone to remind you to drink water, brush your teeth or floss, exercise, or meditate. These can be used to help motivate you to write as well. My favorite habit app is called CoachMe, formerly known as Lift.
Write or Die: Write or Die has a very similar structure to Flowstate, but instead of deleted your hard earned words, it allows you to pick your punishment or your reward. Write or Die rewards you with pleasant sounds for getting your words done, or can punish you with pictures of spiders if you don't.