Just wanted to write a shout-out for a writing tool that I find extremely useful, and that is 750words.com. For anyone who has tried Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way, then you’ll be aware of the concept of Morning Pages. Essentially it is writing three pages first thing in the morning, before you speak if possible, to get the fresh thoughts, musings or blockages out of your head and onto the page. Personally Cameron’s course didn’t do it for me, but the Morning Pages did. What can I say, I am a pick-and-choose kind of girl...
750words.com is a space where you can do this, where your words get counted, saved and password protected. And because we are all kids at heart and like an incentive, you get Badges for the number of days you have written, the amount of words you have crafted, and a shed-load of other stats for those who have geeky tendencies, or like to procrastinate a little after their words. They even give you a cinema rating. Seriously. I like to aim for a certification above a PG.
Now' I am not the person who gets up early to write my words, and most days I will already have done plenty of shouting before I even get near the computer, but I do my words every day. The site lets me clear thoughts that are clogging up my head, it gives me a private venue to rant, and it allows me space to trial ideas I am juggling about. It’s now a frame for my writing habit. And often the entries will start with being mundane dross, and by the end I can be in a state of free-flow writing; words that I’ll then copy over to my Work In Progress file and extend for the rest of my writing time. Give it a go, if you don’t already and if you don’t have a writing routine. See if the badges don’t get to you too.
(A word of warning; Make sure you write the title properly. I missed out the “words” part of 750words.com once, and boy- that is a whole different website. Not one you’d want to access in an open office or with the kids about....)
Today’s Distraction Tool; the supermarket