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Hemingway Mode

Following the release of Ghost 1.0 last week, we're trying to get back into the habit of doing smaller, simpler releases and getting them out into the wild. So today we're releasing a tiny feature called Hemingway Mode, because the shortest answer is doing the thing.

There's an old quote which is famously misattributed to Ernest Hemingway, who supposedly once posited that one should:

“Write drunk; edit sober.”

Regardless of whether or not he ever actually said it (we're sure you'll let us know in the comments), the notion is a good one. Sometimes the natural pursuit of perfection becomes a distraction from the process of creation.

So: When Hemingway Mode is enabled in the editor, your backspace key is disabled. Write now; edit later.

Hemingway Mode in action

Philosophical posturing aside, this is really just a bit of fun. Sometimes artificial constraints really do make you think (or write) in new and interesting ways. After all, when you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.

We hope this helps encourages you to conquer the blink, blink of the little blue cursor. Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.


Ghost(Pro) users are being upgraded automatically and will see this functionality shortly inside their admin area. Self hosted developers can use Ghost-CLI to get this feature by running $ ghost update to install the latest release.