Write or Die
By Dr Wicked
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Write or Die Eliminates Writer's Block.
The problem with writing is that the feedback loop is just too long. Unless you've got a deadline looming it's difficult to find the impetus to keep writing. Write or Die aims to address this difficulty and help you hack your writing process and get your words out!
It's a new kind of writing application that provides consequences for distraction and procrastination. As long as you keep writing, everything is fine, but if you become distracted, there are customizable consequences.
The original Write or Die mode, keeps you focused by providing consequences for procrastination and distraction. If you keep writing you're fine, but if you get distracted and stop typing, the app will encourage you to keep writing with a variety of unpleasant stimuli.
The mode with the warm fuzzies. The app creates a (customizable) calm writing environment as long as you keep writing. You are thereby encouraged to continue writing to maintain your chill.
This breaks your writing word goal into sections with milestones of pleasantness along the way to help keep you moving. Customizable pleasant sounds and images.
Try out the web version at writeordie.com and start getting words on the page.
What's New in Version 1.4
Newly reworked Universal App! Use on iPad or iPhone.
Write or Die puts the "prod" in productivity! Short-circuit your writer's block and keep yourself from procrastinating while writing your first draft.
New Modes! Stimulus Mode provides a peaceful writing experience with calming sounds and tranquil scenes (Headphones recommended). If you stop writing, you are returned to a silent, white page. Reward Mode punctuates your writing session with positive rewards when you complete a certain amount of words.
Best. Writing. App. Ever.
I'm so glad there's a Write or Die app available for iOS again. I know there was one, but I guess it got pulled for a while, so I never got it. Well, I have the new one, and it works beautifully. I'm doing NaNoWriMo, and catching up quickly now that I've downloaded this app and been using it regularly. I used it on my laptop a lot, but since the laptop gave out on me, I've been using my iPad for writing, and really missed Write or Die (I had both the original and #2), so thank you so much for porting it. The lack of auto-capitalization and auto-correct threw me off briefly, but now I'm used to it and I have no other complaints. Everything seems to work perfectly. Definitely worth the $10 to download.
This is the only app I've ever paid more than a couple bucks for and I did it as much as a tribute to the intention of the app as I did to use it. Write or Die won't make you write because it can't actually kill you. Only you can make yourself write. Physically removing yourself from any electronic source of distraction is mandatory if you are prone to such distractions. What it will do is turn writing into a game which definitely helps build the writing muscle. Even seeing the icon for the app will reinforce your goal to write. As for the design of the app, it has a really cozy, homemade feel that is quirky and magical. It's a bit like a castle at night. Now go write ... or be disappointed in yourself. Peace & love.
A clunky tool for the desperate.
For all its awkwardness as a file manager, it's harrowing user experience, and the almost negligent inelegance of the writing experience, this app comes through in the end - doing exactly what it purports to do: increase your word count. Is it overpriced? Yes. Did it help me meet my daily writing goals? Yes (in combination with Drafts and Editorial). Do I regret the purchase? No.