Call me easily amused, but this writing tool cracks me up. It’s called Write or Die and is run by someone calling himself Dr. Wicked. Basically it’s a tool to help you bulldoze through writer’s block. You set a word limit and a time limit, and start typing (yes, there are writing tips and links to writing articles). Then hit “go” and start typing. There’s a countdown timer, and the screen changes colors and provides “evil sounds” as your time runs out. You can choose “normal” mode or “evil” mode, depending on how strict you want to be.
I can see this truly appealing to my son.
He’s got a writing blog, an online writing lab and a free writing newsletter, too, if you get hooked. I haven’t thoroughly searched the entire site, but I haven’t seen anything inappropriate yet. Standard disclaimer: please use discretion with allowing your children unsupervised access.