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Can a Puppy Help You Write?

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I wrote about Written? Kitten! in my last post, and now I’ve discovered Write or Bite. It offers a similar reward system, except that every time you meet a word count goal, a cute puppy appears. But, if you don’t stay on track, you’ll get a photo of a howling hound! You also have the ability to set the word count and pace yourself. Check it out here.

 

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Can a Kitten Help You Write?

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If you’re looking for a little positive reinforcement to help you write, Written? Kitten! might be just what you need. I’ve written about Write or Die in the past — the site that provides a stick to help you keep writing. (You get punishments for not keeping up your word count, ranging from annoying sounds and music to your words actually being deleted if you don’t write fast enough.) But Written? Kitten! offers up a carrot instead of a stick. If you like adorable pictures of kittens, that is.

For every 100 words you write, a new photo of one of the little cuties appears. Check it out, and see if it gets you cranking out the words. Or, for an interesting test, try both Write or Die and Written? Kitten! and find out whether you respond better to positive or negative stimulus.

Let me know how it goes in the comments!

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Great Tool for Daily Writing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI recently discovered 750 Words. It’s a great little website that makes it easy for you to write 750 words a day. The creator was inspired by the idea of morning pages that Julia Cameron discusses in The Artist’s Way, which is the practice of doing three pages of freewriting first thing every morning. 750 Words gives you a blank page to write on every day — and, rest assured, what you write will be private.

The site makes things fun by giving you a monthly scorecard. You get points for writing anything at all, more points for writing 750 words, and even more points for writing two or more days in a row. You also get little badges for various writing accomplishments. Racking up the points and badges can be a real motivator to keep you going! If you want to learn more, check it out here.

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Write Naked

I’m rerunning this popular post because I know some of you out there want to know how to capture your shower and bath musings!  

Okay, I know I gave this post a provocative title. Provocative, but not misleading, because I’m going to talk about writing while in the shower.

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In my post Friday, I mentioned dragging my Muse into the shower to sneak in a creative moment. Writing in the shower came up in the comments to that post, too. Since it was on my mind, I did a little Internet research about shower writing. And I found products!

I’ve always written in my head in the shower, repeating a few sentences over and over until I’m finished so I won’t forget them. It never occurred to me to actually physically write in the shower. But apparently it occurred to other people, because you can buy the items below to help with your shower-time creativity.

Links to Shower Writing Tools:

Erasable Shower Note Tablet: Like a small whiteboard, with waterproof crayons, a crayon caddy and suction cup mounts included.

AquaNotes: A pad of waterproof paper with suction cups to attach it to the shower wall. Comes with a water-resistant cedar pencil and a suction cup pencil holder. You can buy the regular AquaNotes or the “LoveNotes” to leave a message for that special someone in the shower!

Underwater Dive Slate: A search for “dive slate” turns up dozens of different dive slates made for scuba divers. But they’ll work fine in the shower, too.

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These are products designed for construction professionals who need to take notes in all sorts of weather:

Waterproof Bound Book

Waterproof Notepad

All-Weather Pen: A ballpoint pen that “writes on wet paper, and upside down in temperatures from -50 to 400°F.” I think at 400°F, the pen might be fine, but the writer would have melted into a puddle!

I also found advice to use kids’ washable crayons or old-fashioned grease pencils to write on tile shower walls.

So choose your method and don’t let a little water dampen your creativity!
 

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Get Inspired

I’m on vacation, and while I’m away I’m highlighting some of my favorite fun creative websites and writer’s resources. Hope your holidays are joyful, and I’ll see you in the New Year!

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You can find a variety of inspirational devices over at Language is a Virus, including writing prompts, a character name generator, a poetry generator, the text collage, madlib poems, the haiku-a-tron and much more. Let your muse go wild in this writer’s playground!

Write Something Magnetic

I’m on vacation, and while I’m away I’m highlighting some of my favorite fun creative websites and writer’s resources. Hope your holidays are joyful, and I’ll see you in the New Year!

abstract wavesLet your muse come out to play with this magnetic poetry website.  Choose your subject matter: the artist, genius, office, romance or the poet.  When you’re done, you can submit your work for other people to read or browse through your fellow magnetic poets’ creations.

Can You Write for One Minute?

I’m on vacation, and while I’m away I’m highlighting some of my favorite fun creative websites and writer’s resources. Hope your holidays are joyful, and I’ll see you in the New Year!

hourglassHere’s a great little tool for those overscheduled days:  The One-Minute Writer.  Every day a new prompt appears.  Click on the timer at the top of the page and spend 60 seconds writing whatever the prompt inspires.

(Source: Words, Words, Words)


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