can’t see the forest


Writer's Block - Cherwell.orgAs November draws to a close, they are legion whom languish lovingly in the final throes of the great scramble for 50k words. Because winning isn’t everything in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)—it’s the only thing.

I am not among them thissssss time, but perhaps you are, and if so (or even if not) you should check out this helpful little William S. Burroughs-inspired website. With more literary gadgets and gizmos than James Joyce’s toolchest, you can cyberpimp your novel, short story, and other sundry ramblings with that special flair only a computer randomizer could provide.

Don’t talk to me about cyberpunk. Deconstruction—aye, there’s the rub! Cut ’em up and move ’em out! Sentences, that is. Just sentences. With only eight days left to the finish line, there’s simply no more time to murder your darlings by the paragraph.

This is the the creative writer’s wet dream as much as ’tis the blackest, harshest nightmare of the longsuffering copyeditor. Enjoy! Forever. And ever. And ever.

Slowly paint the burning biscuits just across the starlit pond.


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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 11/23/06 at 12:42 pm

    Gazounds, what a site … and how PoMo to abbreviate it to NaNoWriMo. :roll:

  2. raincoaster said, on 11/23/06 at 11:47 pm

    They have the CUTUP MACHINE!!! I’ve been looking for that for several years; when I was blocked, I took a chapter of my book and ran it through this, and it seriously unblocked me. I highly recommend it to anyone. And if you want a cheap laugh, take a bureaucratic document and paste it in. Fun for the whole family!

  3. Curtis said, on 11/24/06 at 10:37 am

    Oh, I know, that’s awesome. It really is quite a lot of fun and you can get some interesting stuff out of it for sure.

  4. Victor Bardott said, on 1/18/07 at 1:44 am

    Google is the best search engine

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