Write or Die!

Write or Die is a new word processor that forces you to use your words or lose them by deleting your work if you hesitate for too long at the keys.

A reviewer at the Guardian said he found himself typing lists of swearwords and adding deleting spaces “like dribbling a basketball” to appease the “evil” program.

To the procrastinator this gadget may feel like the kick in the pants he or she always needed, a gun to the head like the Guardian suggested.

There is, without a doubt, something to be said for just getting the words out especially in the early drafts. But Write or Die treats the symptom, not the disease. Procrastination, resistance and writers block are dysfunctions that demand solutions that address the artist’s approach to life as much as the process of craft.