Monday, November 23, 2009

Write or die?

by Jim

I’m glad someone finally found a way to effectively help writers meet deadlines: the threat of punishment.

Write or Die. Because sometimes encouragement just doesn’t cut it anymore.

(via Nathan Bransford)


  1. This weekend, I unplugged the internet from my computer and gave the cord to my husband. It was amazing how much easier it was to keep writing when I had to ask for permission to get online. :-)

  2. WRITE OR DIE is a phenomenal writing tool. A friend mentioned it to me earlier this year and I've written more (crap and beauty) in the time I've been using write or die than when I sit around willing myself to keep going while I tinker endlessly with a scene.

    It makes sense. Get the words out. Fix 'em later. :) Works for me, anyway.

  3. Write or Die is my best friend. =) And now they have a desktop edition. My second book was a result of many Write or Die sessions. I heart the program. Some people may not do well with deadlines, but for someone like myself, the program cracks the whip!

  4. I can't buy this. What I need is something that will zap me with an electric shock when I let a plot hole go unplugged, allow a protagonist do something out of character, or go off on a wild tangent.

  5. I'm reminded of a famous quote, given here in the Guardian: "Robertson Davies, the great Canadian novelist, once observed: 'There is absolutely no point in sitting down to write a book unless you feel that you must write that book, or else go mad, or die.' "

    (Oh, and if you haven't read Davies on the clerisy, see the link.