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11 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 26 November 2008 08:31AM

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Comment author: [deleted] 20 October 2013 06:08:16PM 1 point [-]

Incidentally... I once met a science-fiction author of a previous generation, and mentioned to him that the part of my writing I most struggled with, was my tendency to revise and revise and revise things I had already written, instead of writing new things. And he said, "Yes, that's why I went back to the typewriter. The word processor made it too easy to revise things; I would do too much polishing, and writing stopped being fun for me." It made me wonder if there'd be demand for an author's word processor that wouldn't let you revise anything until you finished your first draft.

What's wrong with just using cat?