Several years ago at a national LA writing conference, the presenter stated that there is "no such thing as writer's block...that's just an excuse to procrastinate". Words I remind myself as yet another day goes by and my page remains blank.
And as we all know, the first rule to being a writer is, well, to write. Sounds so obvious and simple, yet sometimes feels so daunting, especially when that bug of inspiration is refusing to bite.
For those of us that need a little coaxing or a prize for our effort, check out written? kitten!. Not only does it display your word count, but every time you reach 100 words, randomly selected adorable kitten pics from Flickr are displayed. Of course, you may be so overwhelmed by cuteness that you may forget to keep typing.
If that doesn't motivate ya, there's always more dire consequences to force those fingers to move, like Write or Die by Dr Wicked. This "web application encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing...once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then" the pain begins.
In the free web version, you designate the word goal, time goal, type of consequence (gentle, normal, kamikaze, or electric shock) and the type of grace period (forgiving, strict or evil). Once you click "write", the timer begins and the program tracks the # of words and if you're actually typing or not. I just tried it out under the normal consequence mode, and after a short time of no activity, a very loud, disturbing sound reminded me that I'm not doing what I came to do. And the noise doesn't stop until you start typing again. Very effective. Why we respond better to fear, who knows? All that matters is that it works! There's also a PC and iPad version that can be purchased.
Okay, stop reading & procrastinating, and get back to writing!