Stypi is a new startup we
funded that's continuing where Etherpad
left off. Like Etherpad, Stypi can replay your edits. I asked the
founders to make something special for me: a version of playback
that shows text that will ultimately be deleted in yellow.
Startups in 13 Sentences
What struck me most is the way writing seems for me to be a
stick-slip phenomenon. Initially I fumble about and keep rewriting the same
sentence over and over. Then I get rolling and write a sentence or two
that make it almost intact into the final version, and then I get stuck again.
these parts is like watching a mouse find its way through a maze.
There are several different types of things that get deleted. There
are false starts, which get deleted immediately. There are things
I get wrong the first time but don't realize it. Those I go back
and rewrite later. And there are awkward or unnecessary words and
sentences, most of which I catch in successive passes near the end.
It's interesting how often the last sentence of a paragraph can
simply be deleted.