Sunday, November 4, 2012

Write or Die

Happy 4th day of NaNoWriMo!  It's really early in the morning, but I wanted to write a quick post for you all.  NaNo is going extremely well!  I wanted to give you my little secret.

I'm using a website called "Write or Die".  It puts the 'prod' in productivity!  You simply enter your word count goal and give yourself a time limit.  It forces you to stay focused and not be distracted.  If you don't type for a certain amount of time, the screen starts to turn red and then a sound will go off to alert you.  There's also an extreme mode, where if you don't write fast enough, the program will start to erase your words.  That one is a little intense for me, but I love the other one.

I've been doing 15 minute sprints with a goal of 500 words.  As long as I stay focused, I can actually write a little over 500 words in 15 minutes.  It's very motivating and helps me see how much time I waste by visiting Twitter and Facebook or my email to procrastinate.

There's a web app (which is free), an iPad app, and a desktop version.  I use the web app and it's great!  You simply type in the box and copy/paste into your novel document when finished.  LOVE!

If you have trouble focusing, you should definitely check it out! 

NaNoWriMo Word Count - "Defiance"
Day Two:  15,612
Day Three:  22,635

I wrote 7,023 words yesterday!  That is the most I've ever written in a day.

Here's a little excerpt from yesterday:

"How did you know we were from the Center?" I asked, still in disbelief.

This time Declan motioned to the bracelet on my wrist and I wanted to slap my forehead.  I'd forgotten about it.  He stated he'd seen the bracelet before and it was well-known symbol in the mystical world.  I leaned back in the booth, feeling completely spent. Trent and I had only slept for about three hours before he woke me up.  It wasn't enough.  Trent pushed the cup of coffee closer to my hands and made a drinking motion.  I smiled at him, taking a sip.  It wasn’t actually bad, though I still didn’t have a taste for coffee.  I preferred tea or juice. 
“So, a warlock and a faerie, I’d love to hear how you met,” Declan said with a smirk.

Declan is my new character, who invited himself into the story today.  I really am loving "pantsing" this story.  I've got no idea where it is going and it's a lot of fun to write!

How is your NaNo novel coming?  You can do it; keep writing!


  1. Congrats on the word count! Almost halfway there!

    I love "Write or Die!" It's an amazing tool. I've used "Written Kitten" before too, which is a bit similar to that.

    1. Thanks! I actually made it over the half-way point today! :)

      "Write or Die" is amazing! I've used "Written Kitten" before and it's cute, but sirens are more motivating. :)

  2. Congrats on the word count!

    500 words in 15 minutes? I could never do that! I'm a slow writer - like to think things through before whipping something up.

    And yes, there are SO MANY distractions. Email, commmenting on blogs, etc. can take a lot of time that could be used for writing.

    Good luck with NaNo!

    1. Thank you Livia!

      I'm usually a slow writer, but that forces me to write fast and think later. That's what NaNo is all about!

      I get distracted way too easily!


  3. Wow! You're doing fantastically! Your story sounds like a lot of fun too. Pantsing is the way to go in NaNo! I always love it when my stories surprise me.

    1. Thanks Christine! :) Pantsing is so much fun! I might have actually discovered who the villain is today, so yay. :) When characters take over, it's really fun!

  4. 7K is more than I've ever accomplished! Excellent job!

    I too love Write or Die. I got the desktop version so I could customize the screen and font(makes it easier on the eyes), but I've been doing 60-90 minute times, maybe I should lower it to 15. After an hour my brain shuts down. I think it wants a quicker break. Shamelessly stealing your time to test tonight for day 4 Nano Writing :)

    1. Thanks Amalie! I've never done so many words in one day before. It's shocking to me.

      Write or Die is totally amazing. I'm thinking of getting the desktop version. I find that lower it makes it so I can take a break, fix anything in that section and then write again. Go for it! I hope it helps you! :)

      Good luck to you!

  5. Thanks for the link to write or die! I didn't know of it before, but I think it'll be helpful! And over 7,000 words in one sitting?? Wow--way to go!!

    1. You are very welcome, Rachel! It's incredibly helpful! It was over the course of one day and I've never written so much. Thanks! :)

  6. You're doing great! Congrats!

  7. Oh my gosh, 500 words in 15 minutes??? I have NEVER written that fast! Perhaps I need to try this Write or Die thing some time ...
    So NaNo is working out pretty well for you so far. Well done!