When Writing Has To Be F-U-N!

For me, writing is almost always fun. Notice how I said, ‘almost’?

Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes I have to dig deep, plant my ass in the chair and get the words down because it’s my job.

It’s times like that when you need to make it fun.Which is wehre these little writing aids come in.

1) Written? Kitten!

This site is awesome because¬† you can set it to what every word count you want to be rewarded for and then…you start typing. When you hit your target a kitten appears. That’s right. A kitten! Thanks to blogging and Twitter friend, Amber West for turning me onto this one.

My random ramblings produced a kitten!

2) Write or Die

This one works on the theory that “A tangible consequence is more effective than an intangible reward.” And it’s great if you’re the kind of writer who works well with consequences, bad consequences. You can set your wordcount, your time limit and your consequence level (gentle, normal, kamikaze or electric shock mode) as well as your grace period. THEN…you write. I tried this out and as the time started ticking, really bad violin music started playing, (apparently this stops when you start writing again) the screen changed colors. If you choose kamikaze mode, your writing will start to unwrite itself if you stop. Brutal right? Hey, if you work well with that kinda thing…there’s also a desktop app and a iPad app with further options.

3) 750 Words

If positive reinforcement is more your thing. Maybe you like getting cute little badges for your work and you can get that over on this site. I haven’t tried it but apparently you have to log in and can earn cutesy badges for various things, like writing for 5 days in a row, or achieving certain word counts. Sadly, the badges aren’t real and you can’t wear them on your shirt.

4) #1kwaday or #wordbitches or #wordmongoring

These are some commonly used hashtags on Twitter that can encourage you to get your words done for the day. Just follow the tags and jump right in. There’s always someone around to do a word war with.

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Can you think of any other fun writing tools? I’m dying to check some out.

About Elena Aitken

Elena is a work at home/stay at home/write at home mom of twins who regularly loses herself in her fictional characters because their lives are way more exciting!
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7 Responses to When Writing Has To Be F-U-N!

  1. great links, Elena for those days when my mind is screaming “i don’t wanna”.

  2. gingercalem says:

    Oh my gosh, the Write or Die program sounds scary like an adrenalin rush. I might have to try it. Someone needs to create a program like the kitten one only when you reach your goal a margarita appears, ice cold and within reach. Cheers!!

  3. Fun! Will have to check these out. :-)

  4. Amber West says:

    I saw the Write or Die program the other day and thought it might be fun – but then I was distracted by kittens! :)

  5. Jess Witkins says:

    I’ve heard of all of these but Written? Kitten. I’m an instant fan even though I haven’t tried it because I love It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and on that show Charlie develops Kitten Mittens – mittens for your kitten to keep them quiet. LOL Excellent youtube clip if you haven’t seen it.

  6. Emma says:

    Oh these are awesome, thanks. Going to try a few of these sites out.

  7. neyska says:

    Love Written? Kitten. How can you not want to earn kittens? Thanks for sharing these sites!

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