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Playing around with 750words.com

Numbers and stats, oh my. More ways to please my checkbox marking little soul. I recently started playing with the website http://750words.com/. Based on the idea of "morning pages" from the book The Artist's Way, it's a website where users login every day and write at least 750 words of whatever is swirling around in their head. The theory is by getting all this out in a spontaneous, unfiltered dump you'll free your mind of all the surface crap currently clogging things up and get your ideas flowing. You'll also develop the habit and muscle memory to sit and write every day. All of this, private, unfiltered, and a surprising amount of fun.

The site offers daily points, checkmarks, badges, an interesting analysis of your subconcious/typing speed/# of distractions, and other external validations that end up hooking the anally retentive like a free supply of crack.

Share as much or as little as you like with others on the site. You can also export your entries, just in case you're free of subconcious crap and actually use the time to work on a current story.

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luscious_words
Apr. 12th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
OOOOH! Now this sounds like something I would really like. Thanks for sharing the info. I'll be passing it along to other writer friends. :D
chrissymunder
Apr. 13th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, sweetie. I hop eyou have as much fun there as I do.
luscious_words
Apr. 13th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
I still haven't gone over to visit the site yet, but I love the idea of having a space to be able to type that. For the past two NaNos, I've done what I refer to as 'brain dumps' - typing what's in my head for 15 minutes - before starting to work on the writing. I was amazed at how it helped. I will also admit that I counted that toward my word totals too. They were words that I wrote so I counted them. :)
chrissymunder
Apr. 16th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
checking back to see if you've had time yet. You know, I've still not taken part in NaNo yet... I'll keep thinking. :)
luscious_words
Apr. 16th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I checked it out and signed up Friday. I wrote there Friday but not Saturday or yesterday. I was at a write-in Saturday but was working on icons for an icon challenge then had computer issues yesterday and was focused back in the graphics after we got it working correctly.
brigantine
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
O_o? Writing? What is this writing thing of which you speak?

Sounds like a pretty good plan, actually. :)
chrissymunder
Apr. 13th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
*snort* Yeah, me and Deputy Karl peer in your direction and notice a distinct lack of snippets. Just when he's about to say something I remind him that he's not been around lately either. :)
chrysalis_1975
Apr. 13th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
this definitely sounds interesting. . .I used to do morning pages a few years ago while following the Writer's Way, so this would definitely be interesting. . .
chrissymunder
Apr. 13th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Give it a look and see what you think. I know the theory behind morning pages has always been to hand write them, but since so many of us are keyboard orientated now if the gains from daily typing of the pages is the same.
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