Creative writing exercises are great for writing and as a general imagination workout. I’ve long been a fan of working with some kind of constraint, which can often help guide creative projects.
Recently, I saw someone on Twitter, talking about how they like to do their writing in 1000-word spurts. The idea is, that you set the goal to what you can realistically do in the allotted time. If you have 15 minutes, maybe aim for 300 words! I wanted to build something around this idea, and SpurtWriter is what I ended up with. It’s a small app specifically for word count based writing. Simply set your word count goal and go!
To use this app, you must be running Windows. The app itself is free to download and use, and please tell your friends, etc. Install the app from the embedded link. Once it’s up and running, here’s what you do.
- Choose a target word count from the dropdown menu.
- Start writing. You will notice the word count go down as you get closer to your goal.
- When the goal is hit, you can choose to save the result as is, or keep editing.
- If you decide to scrap what you have, hit Esc during writing. You can still save what you have.
- You can only save your work when the word count is reached, or if you abort the session.
On a sidenote, I have recently breathed new life into the WriMuse twitter account, which features randomly generated writing prompts.
- Depending on your settings, Windows may ask you to confirm the installation due to security. Allow the app to run, if this happens.
- SpurtWriter saves are RTF files (Rich Text Format), compatible with all major word processors.
- SpurtWriter is very much a prototype/work-in-progress. Feedback is welcomed. Please send your thoughts and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.