Hang on, how did it get to be the day before the 50ks in 30 days challenge starts?
How did it get to be the 31st May?
Where have the last five months of the year gone?
So now many of you are gathered around the starting blocks, discussing strategies, plotting or not, stretching those writing muscles, warming up, getting accustomed to the sound of the whip in the chat room (now that sounds kinky!), and learning how sprinting works...
Let me introduce you to Dr Wicked and his writing lab.
I love Dr Wicked. I have been using his website to write since I stumbled across it in the Nanowrimo forums last November and it has helped me write more than 130k. And I will continue to use the website for my first drafts until I can purchase the desktop application which he is developing now (and will hopefully be available before Nanowrimo).
It's simple: you enter your word goal, and your time goal and then you type directly into the word window. It counts the time down as you go, and your word count as it goes up. If you stop typing, the screen will start flashing at you starting at a pinkish hue and gradually turning red. And then it will make a horrible noise (random) until you hit those keys again. It's a form of aversion therapy to stop you from NOT writing. But when you reach your word goal or your time goal, trumpets sound!
I quote from a Dr Wicked interview:
"At the very least, what it can do is grab your inner Critic by the neck, shut him up and hold him at arm's length so that your Creator can get some actual work done."
We know that writing this fast is all about locking the inner critic up, staying a few sentences in front of her so she doesn't even have time to comment.
I am hooked on Dr Wicked. For me there is no turning back. For that half hour, Dr Wicked keeps me focused on the task at hand. The actual writing. No looking at emails, no surfing the net. Just write.
Try it out. See what you think.
It's not for everyone but it's certainly for me.
And lets all have a fantastic writing month!
And don't forget at the end of it all, there is a fabulous certificate of achievement:
See you on the sprinting track...