Whenever I take a writing class or have a deadline to to meet, like JuNoWriMo, I make myself write. I think about getting my BIC all day long. It doesn't matter what TV show is on, how tired I am; I write. I meet my goal. When there are no 'real' deadlines, I'm only disappointing myself, which I'm used to, plus I sort of have a soft place in my heart for me. I understand how tired I am, or the need to check everyone's Facebook status, several times, throughout the day. Yes, I've created deadlines, many, many, times. But there is no death in that. At least there wasn't until I discovered, Write or Die.
Write or Die is a free online program whose slogan is: Putting the "Prod" in Productivity." Cute and effective. Their philosophy is; A tangible consequence is more effective than an intangible reward. They believe that the reason we don't write consistently is that our reasons for writing are too nebulous. I want to be published. I want to write a great novel. Since they can't help us with our nebulosity, they have come up with something better, consequences. Write or Die desires to infuse the fear of not writing in writers by using the Psychology of Negative Reinforcement: the strengthening of a behavior because a negative condition is stopped or avoided as a consequence of the behavior.” So what are those consequences you ask?
- Gentle Mode: A certain amount of time after you stop writing, a box will pop up, gently reminding you to continue writing. (Too Easy)
- Normal Mode: If you persistently avoid writing, you will be played a most unpleasant sound. The sound will stop if and only if you continue to write. (My favorite)
- Kamikaze Mode: Keep Writing or Your Work Will Unwrite Itself (I am NOT that crazy!)
Muse For Today: What keeps your writing moving forward?