Write or Die

A little bit harsh don’t you think?  Sounds like the title of some video game.  By the title, you have to wonder.  I most certainly did when Aislinn Kerry posted about this fancy little gadget for writers at Romance Divas.  Curious as anything because hey, I’m always out looking for new tools to use for my writing, I decided to check it out. 

Write or Die, is a web application by Dr Wicked.com that encourages writing by ‘punishing the tendency to avoid writing’.  Make sense?  The application is easily modified in which you can determine your own word count goals and amount of time.  All you have to do is start typing in the box.  Easy enough.  That is, as long as you keep typing.  But once you stop typing, as I found out, after a certain period of grace time, certain consequences begin such as the eating of your words.  Not exactly what I want to see.  All my work being deleted, but then again on my first try of the application, I set it on the hardest settings (kamikazee, evil) just to see the extent of what said punishments were. 


  • Gentle Mode: A certain amount of time after you stop writing, a box will pop up, gently reminding you to continue writing.
  • 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.
  • Kamikaze Mode: Keep Writing or Your Work Will Unwrite Itself

It was definitely an incentive, I will give the creators that.  I did find that the flashing background a bit distracting, however. 

According to the site, the idea of the program is to ‘instill in the would-be writer with a fear of not writing’.  It is Intro Psych all over where negative reinforcement “strengthens a behaviour because a negative condition is stopped or avoided as a consequence of the behavior.”

Try it out.  Tell me your experiences.  Love it?  Hate it?

Posted on November 10, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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