Thursday, March 26, 2009

Do You Have Trouble Speed Writing?

On some days, I do. But I was referred to a speed writing website by author Jim Denney, who has published such books as Quit Your Day Job! and the story of Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney, The Longest Trek. You can find more books by him by visiting his website, www.denneybooks.com.

I tried out this site (which is 100% free) and loved it! You type in the amount of words you want to write and select your time limit (from 10 minutes to two hours) and click the Write! button. You can also set your difficulty mode. The first is gentle and when you haven't written in a while, it gently prods you to go on. Or you can set the evil mode, which plays an annoying sound if you cease to write for too long. This is the mode I use and prefer (although some of their "evil" sounds are a mistake for me, because they just make me laugh, which makes me lose time. Once it played "Mmm Bop" by Hanson. Yes, I love that song and instead of writing I was singing along. I'm such a dork!). Or, if you want something even more difficult, set it to Kamikaze mode and if you fail to write, your writing will undo itself! Pfft! Gone!

I love this site. I think it's great and you should try it. Here's the link:

http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html

Happy (speed) writing! :D

8 comments:

Carradee said...

Beware the kamakaze mode--it deletes text if you're not writing fast enough.

I used it for NaNoWriMo last year. It worked to get words out. I'm not sure I like it for getting novels out--I've noticed that a slow bit tends to mean that I need to do more plotting/research or rethink what I just had my character do.

Madison said...

I used it for part of a novel. The only thing I do not like is that you cannot use italics. But other than that, I can't complain! :D

Cindy said...

This sounds totally crazy, but fun! Mmm Bop, wow, that's old school.

Madison said...

I know. So 90's! :)

Dear M said...

That's a really great resource! Thanks for pointing it out :)

Madison said...

You're welcome! :D

Anita said...

A decade of freelancing also aids in speed writing. You can tell me, "You've got 20 minutes to give me 400 words on preparing Swedish meatballs," and I'd have the sucker to you in 19 minutes and at 398 words.

Madison said...

WOW! That's impressive, Anita! I wish I could do that! :D