Very Useful

If you’re a writer, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been dazzled by a project only to drop it when the writing gets tedious. You’ve sat down to write and waited for inspiration to strike, but when it did, you were easily distracted from the task of writing so you never got much written. Fear not! There is a cure! It’s called Write or Die and it’s the most useful website I’ve ever stumbled across. You just go there, type in a word or time goal, and set it to whichever grace period (Forgiving, Strict, or Evil) and level (Gentle, Normal, Kamikaze, or Electric Shock) you want. Then you start typing in the box provided. If you stop typing and pass your grace period, various things happen depending on your level. On “Gentle,” a pop-up appears reminding you to start writing again. On “Normal,” the site plays annoying chipmunk-esque music until you start writing again. On “Kamikaze,” your work begins to erase little by little until you start writing again. I still haven’t figured out “Electric Shock” mode yet.

This may just be the best thing for writers since the invention of the pen! Here’s the site address:

Write or Die

Published in: on November 18, 2008 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  


For those of you who don’t know: November is National Novel Writing Month. What does that mean? That means that I (and many many others) will be spending the month attached to my pan and notepad attempting to write a 50,000 word (175ish page) novel in 30 days. That’s about 1667 words per day. Right now it’s day 3 and I’ve written about 6,500 words so far. That means I’m over 1,000 words ahead of the curve. I’m hoping to keep ahead so that I can skip a day if it becomes absolutely necessary.

I’m giving you the link to the NaNoWriMo website. Bear in mind it is running very slowly due to the amount of people trying to log on at any given time:


Published in: on November 4, 2008 at 1:52 am  Comments (2)