writing short, writing fast

12Nov08

I have found two writing related things online that kind of break things out of the box. They help challenge the way I do things, sort of force me to do the work in one way or another. I put both of them in my last “sites of the week” entry, but I thought I would go into a little detail here, because I have a little more to say.

The first is memiary. It’s kind of like a 5-year diary, except there aren’t pages, obviously. What you do is put in five things that you have done today. (You can go back and edit things,but I wouldn’t recommend that.)

Sounds easy, right? Well, not exactly always. Sometimes you have a lot of things you want to put in there, and other times not enough. You don’t really have to fill out all the boxes, but that is the objective. The other thing is that you have to keep it short— though I am not sure if there is a word/character limit, if there is I have not exceeded it. I guess it’s kind of like Twitter, which I am not sure how much I like, I guess because my life is not all that interesting, and I have no idea why anyone would want to keep track of it minute my minute.

It isn’t as easy as it may seem— you do many things in a day, but are they worth popping in there? I got up. I went to sleep. I ate something.But that’s all kind of boring, not worth taking up space where more interesting things may be used.

And, on a cute note, the logo letters change color every time you refresh.

Also, there’s Write or Die: putting the prod in productivity! As it says. It really gets your circuits buzzing. So far I have only tried it for 10 minutes. You just have to keep going, keep your fingers moving, and don’t bother with what it says or how it looks. Just keep your fingers moving. I managed to get to 306 words en those 10 minutes, but I backtrack when my spell checker tells me I made a mistake.

I was using Normal Mode, which plays an awful sound, as the site says, if you stop typing for however long— I guess I kept going for long enough not to have to hear it. There is also Kamikaze Mode, where you must Keep Writing or Your Work Will Unwrite Itself (as the site says). I am not sure if I will ever be brave enough to use that one. Can there be anything more horrible? I’ll just work up through the time limits— I think that will work well enough for me. It goes up to 2 hours!

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