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Monday, November 10, 2008

Is Your Novel Lagging?

posted by on November 10 at 13:01 PM


Are you doing National Novel Writing Month? Are you having a hard time keeping up? Try Write or Die (“Putting the ‘Prod’ in Productivity”). Write or Die is a widget that lets you enter a specific time that you need to write for. If you stop writing continuously, the widget will make an obnoxious sound to alert you that you’ve stopped writing. On the Kamikaze mode, if you stop writing for a certain amount of time, the widget will start deleting words until you start typing again. It’s certainly a way to ensure that writers will stay productive.

If you’re doing Nanowrimo this month, you should have roughly 17,000 words by now, and you’re a third of the way done. If you’ve successfully made it this far, congratulations. If not, well, write or die.

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God knows how important speed is to good novel-writing.

Posted by Fnarf | November 10, 2008 1:04 PM

At first I thought this was a joke, but I really could have used this in college.

Posted by jjj | November 10, 2008 1:10 PM

Hum, me thinks I could use this for my blog....LOL

Posted by Original Monique | November 10, 2008 1:15 PM

I need to take another sick week.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 10, 2008 1:19 PM

PC must use this for his Slog comments.

Posted by w7ngman | November 10, 2008 1:25 PM

all I need; more guilt tripping about my (mostly theoretical) novel that I'm never going to actually write

that widget or gadget or whatever sounds potentially more annoying that that loud pinging reminder noise in my car that only makes me want to leave my seatbelt off

Posted by oh man | November 10, 2008 1:36 PM

This way, Catcher in the Rye would be what? Two thousand pages long...more bang for the buck I'd say...Holden could team up with Franny and Zooey and head to L.A. to capture the crook who stole their money!

Posted by John Bailo | November 10, 2008 1:46 PM

Paul, both you and this widget are making me feel guilty. I wrote 2,000 words the first day and stopped because it was utter and total crap. Must. Write.

Posted by LaLupe | November 10, 2008 2:21 PM

like america need more novels.

Posted by max solomon | November 10, 2008 2:42 PM

I'm sitting it out this year. Last year's idea was gold, I thought, but I quickly got bogged down with the need for research and it petered out. This year I just couldn't come up with a compelling idea, even something lowbrow with lots of action and sex. So, back to no novel-writing.

Posted by Greg | November 10, 2008 4:24 PM

@7: Are you the real John Bailo? Because that was actually funny.

Posted by Aislinn | November 10, 2008 4:55 PM

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