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Write or Die!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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:

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!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

For those who are unaware, November is National Novel Writing Month…it’s one of the few holidays dedicated to writers and their art.  There’s even a site dedicated to the idea:  http://www.nanowrimo.org.

Here’s the idea:  Throughout the month of November, from scratch, create a new novel of at least 50,000 words.

Why a new novel?  Why not continue on one that you’ve already started?

According to the FAQs listed on the official NaNoWriMo site, the reason for this is to allow writers complete freedom–you’re not as tied up in the characters, and don’t have to get everything right the first time.  By focusing just on a word count goal of 50,000 words, you can free your mind to focus just on completing that goal.  You can always come back and rewrite sections later.

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of thirteen.  There is also a young writer’s version available at the site linked above.

Are you participating?

Yes!  However, my target is slightly different, due to some unfortunate conflicts–my aim is to take 20-30 minutes every night throughout the course of November and write as much as I can.  We’ll see what I’m able to come up with by the end of the month…I’m sure I’ll share at least a portion of my work in the forum.

Anyway, I hope you’ll join me in trying to come up with a novel (or at least reasonably long story) by the end of November!

Good luck!

Also, please notice the new “Friends of WritAnon” link section at the right.  These links include a few blogs to other member’s sites, so I hope you enjoy reading some of their articles as well!

Oh, and as a reminder, for those in the US, please note that Daylight Savings Time is now in effect!  Make sure to remember to fall back!

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