Write or Die Review
The App that Forces You to Write
Ever feel like typing a sentence requires 99% of your total brain potential? Yes, it happens to all of us. Considering that making money online usually involves writing in some way, being burdened with writer’s block isn’t very convenient. When your mind stops functioning, your income potentially suffers along the way. That is, of course, unless you outsource 100% of your writing – but this isn’t how most people generally manage their business.
Whenever you fall off the writing wagon, you need something to push you to the limit. You need something to make you write like your life depended on it. Thankfully, there’s an application that covers all of your needs pretty effectively.
Write or Die
Write or Die is a simplistic, albeit clever application that helps you stick to writing by minimizing the chances of your mind wandering off. Once you launch it, it allows you to set the amount of words you wish to write within a set period of time. For example, you can set yourself up for writing 500 words in 30 minutes or 1,000 words in one hour. There is no limit as to how much or little you want to type while the clock counts down to zero. Then, you can optionally configure the font type and color to something that suits your needs, a clever idea that could make writing a tad more fun.
This is where Write or Die truly shines. It gives you three types of consequences prior to writing: Gentle, Normal and Kamikaze mode. Once you select your level, you can set the Grace Period that Write or Die would wait until each consequence ultimately takes place. Let’s take a look at each of the three main settings:
Gentle mode results in a pop up dialog message reminding you to resume typing if you ever stop. This option is perfect for those who are mostly determined to write but may need the occasional push every now and then.
Normal mode plays a computer sound randomly chosen by you. This option falls between being gentle and persistent, and is perfectly suitable for those who feel energetic but may lack a certain drive to write at full potential.
Finally, Kamikaze mode is the one that makes this program truly worth using. Let’s put it this way: If you ever had the sick fantasy of pretending someone is forcing you to write at gunpoint, then Kamikaze mode is for you. The program actually starts to delete your words if you slack off, depending on your chosen Grace Period settings. You have to be very careful with this configuration, as all your precious effort could be gone in no time.
Aside from the main features, Write or Die keeps track of your stats and counts the total amount of words written, total punishments received, your average word per minute, and even a high score to keep you entertained.
If you’re really into challenges, you can configure the app to always be on top, load in full screen, prevent you from saving your work until you’re done, or disable the backspace button.
Finally, Write or Die also contains an option called Word War, which allows you to compete with other users online and see who can finish the work first. This option is pretty neat and it gives you even more reasons to write as much as you can.
Write or Die keeps you focused and virtually punishes you for not doing the job. Additionally, the app serves as an amazing tool to help speed up your writing. Do you think you can write 500 words in 20 minutes? No problem; set the countdown timer for said period and test your potential. It’s that easy.
But let’s face it, sometimes no application can help you do the work you’re supposed to do, as this ultimately falls under your responsibility and no one else’s. There are times when you don’t wish to launch the program because you know you’d have to commit to writing. What can you do in such cases? Take baby steps.
For example, if you have to write a 5,000-word story, do not set Write or Die for such a high word count and endless hours in one sitting. Instead, divide the task into smaller portions and take a break in between. For example, I usually set myself up for typing 1,300 words in 45 minutes, then I walk away for about 15 minutes. I eventually come back and start a brand new session, repeating the same exact settings. Before I know it, I suddenly have over 5,000 words written in just 4 hours.
There isn’t much to say about Write or Die when it comes to bugs and issues, except for the fact that it doesn’t have a spell checker. The program’s intention is to get you to write, and for this reason the developer chose to leave this fancy feature off the menu. As you can imagine, the faster you try to write the more mistakes you could potentially overlook. Therefore, make sure you copy/paste your finished work into your default word processing application and fix any problems you encounter along the way.
Ready to try Write or Die? You can either use a free Web-based version or pay a measly $10 to get its desktop counterpart. I promise, you will love everything about it.