This was written a few weeks ago, but with added info of the context behind it being written today for Nanowrimo. Basically, the bits in quotations were written earlier, I’m just counting the new stuff
So if you are anything like me you have a problem writing and getting stuff on paper.
Not like coming up with words to write, more like you feel as though you have no idea how to get started and the blinking cursor just makes you want to turn off the computer in despair before you get started.
Of course, this means you have downloaded your fair share of productivity helping apps, computer software and other miscellaneous methods to try and convince yourself that a little pain and bordom now is much better than the tired all nighter you will need to pulll to get your assignments done.
Not finished or polished off.
As in I just barely squeeked over the word count but close enough I don’t have time to edit before I need to run off and print the dang thing.
Most of the time, the downloading is an excuse to procrastinate more on that assignment you have due. It also has the added bonus of being just productive enough where you feel like you did something but not strenous enought where it is a pain to do.
But every once in a blue moon you stumble accross something that actually works, like legit helps you to focus, hunker down and just get to work typing away like your life depends on it.
For me, that app is cold turkey writer. (the app I’m using during Nanowrimo as well!)
Basically, the thing shuts down your computer until you hit a certian word count or time, before it will unlock and let you use your computer again without restrictions.
Oh and it doesn’t have spell check or that annoying AF blinking cursor taunting you. Just mocking you for not typing more….
In short, your computer goes full on into type writter mode. No side bars, no white list, no “logging onto google to do a bit of research and oops I’m now binge watching the entire avatar the last airbender series again while looking up things to do in
Reckvick… Ryecavik… Rykavich…. The capital of Iceland and oh by the way i haven’t touched that book in 6 days” (which is spelled reykjavikbtw)
Bit extreme? Maybe yeah.
Effective? Oh heck yeah.
So while it is a useful program, it only works well if you treat it with respect… what do I mean by that? Well, read on ladies and gentlemen!
Here is the story of the time I f-ed up using it a few weeks ago. Enjoy my misfortune I guess 😛
So I screwered up majorly using cold turkey writer
Not that the system failed or anythign, far from it.
I actually have written more than I expected. like a good 10x the amount I set out to do (you can see where this is going can you…)
Context: I was writing a popular science article-esque blog post for a class on insect ecology, and had left it til 2 days before it was due instead of working on it during reading week… yup… nothing generates inspiration like last minute panic!
I sat down for a short writing session of just 500 words. Should take me a couple of minutes max right?
I accidently typed in 5,000…
And then clicked the button of no return, which just so happens to cover the little bit where the number is typed in…
Basically, my 1,000 word project is done, and I’ve typed the phrase “The quick fox jumped over the lazy dog” so many times (its a quick and easy phrase for me to type) that I’m about to go insane. I’ve switched to All work and no play makes jack a dull boy but after a while it just loses its subtle charm and stuff.
so now I’m going all meta talking about me stuck in this app for now in the hope that it will make a good post or something in the future… and just padding my word count.
The first thing I do as a prisoner of my computer, slavinng away typing as fast as my brain can think and my fingers can move? Describing/complaining about my situation
They really should have a bold lettered you are about to commit to like xyz letters, are you super duper sure or did you like me accidently hit an extra zero and are now regretting your life choices deeply.
Basicically instead of my new laptop I have an expensive 21st century typewritter! whoop!
except without the special dingy thing or anything that makes typing on a typewriter somewhat enjoyable. you know like the clicky bell thing or the slidding mechanism (I would look up the official name but again you know, I’m stuck with this stupid computer at the time being… Like I mean at least with the modern computer there is like a delete button which asaves on the whole needing whiterout or correction tape thing, but that isn’t really helping in my situation at the momen
Note that while there are some made up words in there, it is more or less coherent and any weird spelling or typos can be justified due to my situation. It gets worse suprisingly quickly.
List o mundo time now I guess IDK just yeah come one this is stupid, I wish there was an exit button option for the olrd turkey writer, I mean I guess there is the fact that it would sorta destroy the purpous of the whole thing but at the same time like this js jist crazy man
Let us start with 3 cus why not?
3. right now I’ve gotten to lets say about 55% of the bar filled up so I guess I have several thousand workds at the moment, of which only 1000 are my actual essya
4. this would be really good for the whole nanowrimo thing ut given how busy i am these days heck no am i writting 2,000 words well 2,667 words a day after ive spent forwver working this on like thjust ugg
5. i guess this is how writters write, just word vomit on a page over and over until they edit the stuff out at the end, i should try writting a novel….
no that is just crazy idk like i have zero writting expereince etc
6. why the heck am i numbering these things its not like the numbers od anything and just are padding words out
The typing slips as it dawns on me that I have a bunch of words left to go… I realize that deleting words will just prolong my crazy suffering so start leaving the terrible typos in.
how the frik are there still words on this right now like im pretty sure i have typed over 1000 words from the lsat tiem i checked, then again my ee was like 4000 and that just took legitimatly forwver to finish but finish i did
I start not captializing things now as I realize that that takes a few milliseconds of time that could be spent typing. Yes, that’s how desperate I became at that moment just to get my computer unlocked.
A turing point happens as I go off to another class.
test if this disappears I am screwed….
Since it was my first time using the app, I didn’t know what would happen if the computer went into screensaver mode and shut itself off to save battery. So I left a test before I went off.
If I returned and I didn’t see those words, the shut off quit the app and all the work I did on my project would be gone. If I still saw them…
so it didn’t disappear like I first thought, even thought my computure turned itself off brilliant!
I was still stuck in a particular brand of writer purgatory… great!
I then try to get clever and find topics to type about (since my phone is unlocked and I can access the internet unrestricted through it. I try my hand at transcribing… which goes as well as you would expect
its not that i didn;t have a healthy respect for the classics the classics
okaky so I suck at transcripbugn just realize how quick people read well speak compared to houw quickly people type currently listening to austin mcconnel video on silent films which is pretty good you should like check it out and stuff lets see what else can talk about as i killltime and my fingers writting away on this thingy
It’s around this point I’m concerned about the specs for my computer….
I wonder if keyborads have like absolut typing thing like how many times you can jam the keys o a keyboard until it just like fails on you like just falls appart
then again people don’t well the english lang doesn’t use each letter as many times in a sentence or in the lang as others, so i guess the e would lose its springyn edd the quickest. Then again tlike just vowels in general would prob die. I thing the leas dy one is the esc key cus when is the last time poeple use it well actuall the print screen button would prob lose aka come last as well
This madness goes on for a couple more paragraphs before I start noticing something… the clicky noise of key on a key board is slightly addicting…
So uhh… I go off the deep end a bit. Lets play a spontaneous game of guess the song!
just keep typing just keep typing, what do we do we type type type
do we dooo do we doooo do do doooo di di du di dooooo di dooooooo di dooooooooo whooosh
dum dum da da dum dum da di dooooo doooo do di dooo dooooo di da do di da do di da do diiii doooo di da diiiii doooo di da dum du dum di dum dum da di
de da di du da di du dummm de da di du da di da dummmm
da da da dummmmmm da da da dummmmm da da da dummmmm da da da diiiiii
bu dida bum dida bum dida dum do do do do di do do do do do do doo di du dudu
do di do di do da du di duuummm do do di duuuum do do di duuuuum
If you guessed the following:
Finding Nemo (Dory’s just keep swimming), Doctor Who theme song, Game of Thrones, Uptown Funk, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in C minor, Bach’s Suite No. 2 Badinerie, Beethoven’s Für Elise
If so: You win.. nothing!
This is just a blog post, I don’t have prizes on offer.
Back to the train wreck, I then switch up the language cus all the English is getting a bit sore on the eyes, if you can even call what I typed English any more. Cue the German!
Hallo leute! Ich bin Rebecca und ich komme aus den USA, aber habe seit 8 Jahren in Hong Kong gelebt und studiert. Ich bin 20 Jahre alt und lerne sehr gerne Deutsch (auch wenn mein eigentliches Deutsch ziemlich schlecht ist). Willkommen in meinem interessanten Blog!
Yeah, it’s pretty bad. But I haven’t been learning it for that long… so hey, I tried my best!
Wrap this post up since it is getting a bit unwieldy. But for the curious basically the last bit of the entire thing is just me going like this:
qwe rty uio pas dfg hjk lzx cvb nmq qaz wsx edc rfv tgb yhn ujm ik, olp poiuytre kgd zxcvbn tg tyh uj ik f eyk fiyiy hasdf adsf asf asdfas dfasdf asfd af asfd sfa fasa sfdasd hpuh iuhiubpu h iqiuhiub uu pb fjqknf nnn ioeh;b
This goes on for a bit, then it goes to the next day where more of the same continues until I FINALLY MANAGE TO UNLOCK MY COMPUTER!
So yeah, that is why you should always check the number you key in before activating Cold Turkey Writer.
Or you know just use the timed version 😛
P.s. And before you ask why I didn’t just copy and paste something over and over again… the app disables that as well… they really did think of everything!