Happy Monday! I had the worst weekend that I think I’ve ever had, so today can go nowhere but up! So far my theory has proved correct, as I woke up with my alarm rather than snoozing it and had time to make myself an omelet and make my makeup super pretty before work.
On bad days, it can be hard to motivate yourself to write. Sometimes you need somebody to hold your hand and coax you to the computer. I found a program that does a great job of that.
#1: 750 Words
I became a member of 750 Words when it was still in its infancy, and thus free to use. Unfortunately, it's a subscription-based service now, but I still felt it was worth recommending.
This website is very simple: it provides a platform on which you are intended to write at least 750 words a day. You can write about anything: no one will ever read it. It's not a blog, so you don't need to feel pressure to write interesting things. It's not a diary, so you do have an outside force trying to keep you writing.
My favorite thing about this site is that it is quietly motivational. There are a handful of little functionalities that make me want to write daily (which is something that I know I should do, but can never seem to get into the habit of.)
Your wordcount updates as you type, so you can always see how close you are to your goal. The minute you cross the 750 word line, even if it's mid-sentence, a subtle pop-up in the corner lets you know that you just did something badass.
The website tracks and analyzes your word-usage, verb tense, etc. in your writing, telling you if your writing seems particularly negative, or if you're focused on the future, or if you curse more or less than average. It even gives you an interesting word cloud at the bottom so you can see which words you're using most. You can compare your stats to other users, or to your past stats. It also tallies your "distractions" (times when you stopped writing at a regular pace), which is helpful because it makes you want to avoid them next time you write.
This is the best part for people like me who enjoy collecting symbols of success. There are tons of achievements you can unlock on the website, from writing every day for a week to writing early in the morning. These badges accompany you on your solitary journey across the site, always reminding you that you're super awesome.
Of course, writing every day isn't enough of a challenge for some people. Or, if you're like me, that's too long-term of a goal to really feel motivated to stick to. For which case, there are monthly challenges. You sign up to write every day for an entire month, and get to enter motivations for yourself. Better yet, if you sign up for the monthly challenge and fail it, your name goes on the Wall of Shame. Yeah, I'm not even joking.
Even though I get 750 Words for free because of my early sign-up, I recommend it even as a paid service. In fact, I kind of wish I had to pay for it. Maybe that would be even better motivation to use it daily!
Have you ever used 750 Words? Do you like it? Tell me in the comments!