First steps with writr

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Our Journey | 2 Comments

When we first set out to create writr, we were looking at building a digital journal that would be simple, beautiful and intuitive. Our main point of difference, as we saw it, was being on the Windows Store rather than iOS or Android.

It’s fair to say that the initial reaction to writr was underwhelming. There were already quite a few established digital journals out there, most of which touted the “simple, beautiful, intuitive” features. After a few discussions among the team and with users we quickly came to realise that our supposed point of difference, being on Windows 8, wasn’t enough.

That’s when we started to really think about the idea of personal growth.

Of course this was something that we all felt passionate about and that’s why we choose to create a journal app in the first place; journals are great tools for tracking growth and development, and you would be hard pressed to find a life coach who doesn’t agree that journaling helps you grow.

It was during one of our brainstorming sessions, trying to find a suitable pivot, that we stumbled across the idea of asking questions. We ask people questions to learn about them – our friends, family, colleagues. Questions are the most basic form of learning. So why not turn this around and start asking questions specifically chosen to better understand yourself?

Obviously we aren’t the first to realise this. There are a number of articles around that support the use of questions as a personal growth tool. Go to Google right now and type in “questions for personal growth”. You’ll find hundreds. Kikki.K even has a range of physical journals that focus on different aspects of human growth: goals, wellbeing, happiness, gratitude, health. Each journal contains information on the subject, and more importantly asks a lot of questions to help you understand and grow.

So what are we doing with this discovery? We’re creating a digital space in which to promote growth through the use of prompts.

We’ve been working closely with life coaches over the past months, gathering a catalogue of questions to use as daily prompts tailored specifically to each category we chose to work with: physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, career, time management and relationships. We picked these seven categories based on Tony Robbins’ Pyramid of Mastery.

There are big plans for the future of writr. Without revealing too much we can say that these prompts and categories will become a central part of how you engage with the app – they will allow writr to measure your growth in specific areas and provide personal feedback and analysis, among other things. As writr continues to develop we see it becoming a powerful tool for everyday people to start making extraordinary changes in their lives.

We’re excited to have you alongside us as we take our first steps with writr.

  • Nathan Weaver

    Thanks so much for the app, guys! It’s a great piece of work. I’ve been trying to get back to keeping a journal for years, but have found it difficult to get started and keeping at it regularly. With the prompts, I have to tell myself to just take a prompt and run with it. Don’t think about what to write going into the app, and just go with what comes from the prompt. In time, I have no doubt I’ll be able to venture out on my own as well, as I become more comfortable with the format once more. That’s how it began for me back when I was a teen, I initially was just writing down funny stories and adventures of the day, but then eventually it morphed and I began keeping my thoughts and emotions in there as well. Just getting started was the key.

    And honestly, I love that you guys are on the Windows 8 platform, as it’s a great fit for your design concepts and the simplicity of the app. Though, I wouldn’t mind a companion Windows Phone app someday that syncs with it… (universal apps–wink, wink). For now, I love just having the ability to sit at my Windows 8.1 laptop and dive in. Thanks so much, again! And keep up the good work.

  • Justin P Lambert

    Love the app, andI’m fine with using it on my PC for now. Would love to eventually see an Android version for my tablet that syncs up, but this fine for now.