It’s been a tiring week but productive.
My biggest accomplishment in writing was finishing the Suicide scene in DeCo. I think I’d still be dragging the poor scene out if not for help.
The help came from Write or Die by Dr Wicked. Write or Die is a program meant to subdue the internal editor for a set amount of time or words.
To use it, select a goal and a punishment. In Gentle Mode, a text box pops up to remind you to keep writing. In Normal Mode, an annoying sound file is supposed to play (but doesn’t on some computers), and Kamikaze Mode eats your words until you start typing again.
I’ve used the program before, and it’s a reliable cure for a minor case of writer’s block. More difficult blocks require stronger medicine, of course.
The Write or Die website also includes a podcast and a blog about writing productivity, features that might distract from the actual act of writing. Be ready with excuses if you’re inclined to dig through the entire site.