What to do with the old ‘puter?

If you live in the Denver area and you have any computer equipment to donate or recycle, check out Tech for All. Your old stuff may help a kid or family. Don’t bother “continue reading” as it’s words to help with search results.

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Dr. Wicked’s Writing Lab

Thanks to a post on the forum at the Official NaNoWriMo site, I discovered “Write or Die” at Dr. Wicked’s Writing Lab.

W-or-D is an ingenious – and maybe devious – little web application that just may help you blast through a writer’s block.

It works like this. You choose your time goal, your word goal and the mode: Gentle, Normal, Kamikaze or Electric Shock. Then you hit “start” and get a screen with big empty white space to write in, and a countdown timer and a word counter at the bottom. I didn’t set a challenging goal, just 100 words and 10 minutes. Got another 100 words or so plopped down, then cut and pasted it into my NaNo Novel. After writing yesterday and last night, and that little bit this morning, my new word count: 8,548.

Dr. Wicked, you devious genius, you ROCK.

And, Suzanne, Darla, Brenda, M. H. Pixie, Miss Kitty and all the others in my cheering section: you do too. Thank you so much!

Word count

My goodness, all these years using word processing software and I’ve rarely used the “word count” tool.

Until yesterday and today. Until I started my first ever National Novel Writing Month.

Now, the word count tool is frequently consulted.

I didn’t start writing until about 4:00 o’clock yesterday afternoon, at the Tattered Cover¬†store where a write-in event for NaNoWriMo was held. We wrote, with some talking of course, until about 6:30.

Then I started again this morning and now, at about 9:30 a.m., I have written, according to the Word Count tool in the Word software on this computer: 6,098 words.

Remember, this effort is all about exuberant imperfection. About getting the butt in the chair and 50,000 words into a document. My Inner Editor has been kenneled up for the month.

Now and then I hear her whining but the message isn’t clear and I’m not paying enough attention to the whining and growling to make it out. Something about inauthentic dialogue, clunky transitions? Nah. Not this month. Go gnaw a bone, Inner Editor. You can come out to play next month.

In the meantime? I’m following some characters along their chosen path which may not lead where I had expected, and that’s just fine.