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750words

May 24, 2011, 9:18 pm

My MacBook Air is in the shop (sad!) because a couple of weeks ago, the hinge randomly cracked. Turns out it is a known issue and Apple is fixing it for free, which is good, but I had to have it shipped to Apple to be fixed, which is less good. I can’t whine too much, though, because I do have four Mac laptops, so I am using an older one now, a five-year-old MacBook that I haven’t used much in the past year. All of this is a really long and pointless introduction to tell you that I stumbled upon some links that I bookmarked almost a year ago, some of which were bookmarked in order to look at them later (and therefore I really had no idea what they were).

One of them was a link for 750words.com. I had no idea what that was, so I clicked it – and turns out it is a super awesome website where you are encouraged to write at least 750 words a day – privately. The setup is really lovely, it’s pretty distraction-free, and there’s a word counter at the bottom of the page. When you hit 750 words, the counter turns green, and you can click it to save and stop writing. Even more fun, you get tons of statistics on your writing – how long it took you, how fast you type, and even what mood you were in while writing (based on the words you used). I’ve only used it for two days now, but I really like it, and I think I’ll keep using it to start my day.

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