TIP #3: Write or Die
I so hope you've heard of Write or Die. It is the perfect - and I mean PERFECT - remedy for the kind of writer's block I call Cyberspaceship Disorder.
Long story short: you enter your desired word count and then select the amount of time you want to achieve it in. Select how harsh you want the application to be and hit the "Write!" button. You'll find yourself facing a screen to type on. If you stray from the screen you are, in effect, yelled at. If it takes you too long to write a word, you're punished. When you hit your desired word count, I'm telling you it's like a fresh piece of birthday cake! Seriously. Then, copy and paste it into your own document and make your edits from there.
These are the consequences that you select before you start:
- Gentle Mode: If you pause from writing for too long, a box pops up to remind you that you need to continue.
- Normal Mode: If you pause for too long, a really unpleasant sound/song is played. It only stops when you start typing again!
- Kamikaze Mode: If you stop writing, your work gets deleted.
You also choose from three "Grace Period" options: Forgiving, Strict, or Evil. These periods correlate to the length of time you are allotted without typing anything. I usually go with the Forgiving option. Sometimes I need a moment to think quickly through the next scene, so a little bit more time between typing is needed.
One of the things that I really enjoy with Write or Die, is that while I'm typing I absolutely can't surf the Internet - or tweet - or catch up on my much needed celebrity gossip... BUT, since it's timed, when it's over I give myself a break and skim whatever sites I feel like. Then it's back to Write or Die!