Write or Die!

Today I’m going to review the web app “write or die“, in which I tell the computer how many words I want to write and how aggressive I want it to be. Apparently words are erased If I don’t meet these goals. For interests sake I’m going to write this review using this app, so what you read will be my thoughts as I use it.

Overall seems like it would or could be an interesting tool. However the thought that I’m competing, not against my own mind, but a computer clock, adds an even greater sense of urgency.

The design is nice; simple and clean, free of all distractions. No reason at all that I shouldn’t be able to finish this post with lots of time to spare.

But here I am, feeling nervous already, like I’m not going to make it and at any point all my words, my hard earned text, is just going to disappear into the ether, because I didn’t meet an arbitrary goal or a certain number of words within a specific time. In fact I can’t remember what goals I set. I have no idea if I’m ahead or behind. If the next words I type will last only a second before being erased before my very eyes. I seem to type faster, as if its not my mind that limits how much i can produce, but the speed at which my fingers move.

But here I am! I’ve made it to the end and retained my sanity, or at least kept it at the same level it was before. And despite making me feel incredibly anxious, I think that this application has great potential. I might even use it again.

As long as it promises to turn a blind eye every so often.

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  • http://twitter.com/titusferguson/statuses/4925131367 titusferguson (Titus Ferguson)

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  • karolijn

    I could see that being extremely helpful for keeping people (like me) on track. I have more unposted posts than I have posted ones because I write most of it, decide to fiddle with it and never really finish. It probably wouldn't be very good for research-heavy posts, but anything else might benefit from a little pressure.

  • http://berdan.ca/ berdandy

    It could be interesting if, instead of deleting your work, it could integrate into whatever you're posting to (blog, twitter, etc), and auto-post your message if you screw around too much: “I just wanted to write about blah de blah de blah [Bzzt! Took too long. You fail. –ed]”

  • karolijn

    I could see that being extremely helpful for keeping people (like me) on track. I have more unposted posts than I have posted ones because I write most of it, decide to fiddle with it and never really finish. It probably wouldn't be very good for research-heavy posts, but anything else might benefit from a little pressure.

  • http://berdan.ca/ berdandy

    It could be interesting if, instead of deleting your work, it could integrate into whatever you're posting to (blog, twitter, etc), and auto-post your message if you screw around too much: “I just wanted to write about blah de blah de blah [Bzzt! Took too long. You fail. –ed]”

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreykross/statuses/4993191911 jeffreykross (Jeffrey Ross)

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