Avoiding the procrastination temptation can be too much to ask. But hey, there’s an app for that.
Write or Die is made specifically to keep writers on task. It comes with the tag line, “Putting the ‘prod’ in productivity.”
How the app works: Writers begin typing in the app’s window. When the typing slows to a stop, there are consequences. The writer can set how severe those consequences will be. In “gentle” mode, a notice pops up with a kind reminder that it’s time to start writing. In “normal” mode, the app begins to emit an unpleasant sound, which only stops once the typing begins again. In “kamikaze” mode, the app is set to destroy: when the writing has stopped for too long, the words begin to erase themselves. There is also a “nyan cat” mode, turning an Internet meme into a destructive force.
The message is clear: Keep writing, or else.
I desperately need this. Oh, and an iPad.