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Many times I’ve said that I needed a man with a gun to stand behind my desk and keep me writing (also to chase me around the park when I’m out for a run, as I tend to run for a minute, then walk, then walk more slowly, then lie down in the grass).
Now someone has invented a Web version of my dreamy gunman! Check out the Write or Die Web site. It’s an application that keeps you writing by punishing you (to the extent that your computer can) when you start to lag. As long as you keep typing, you’re fine, but (depending on the level you’ve chosen) overlong pauses will be punished by: 1) gentle reminders to get at it; 2) a most unpleasant sound; 3) the gradual deletion of what you’ve just written.
Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but it looks like some scary writing fun!