Last week, I discovered a tool called Write or Die. Besides having an awesome name, it’s also a fun writing tool.
At the above link, you can find the settings for the tool on the right. Alternatively, you can use my settings (1000 words in 60 minutes).
The basic concept behind Write or Die is that you need to make the most of your writing time. In normal mode, the background slowly fades from white to blood red whenever you stop typing. If you stop typing for too long, you get an “annoying sound”–for my tries, I heard:
- Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley (yes, home of the rickroll)
- Babies crying
- Horns honking
This is a great tool for when you’re having trouble getting started with your writing session, have a deadline you’re trying to hit, or just to help you fight the temptation to check your email while writing.
Check out Write or Die and let us know what you think!