Inspired by Julia Cameron's suggestion, in The Artist's Way, that creative types produce three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing upon waking, the site awards points for hitting its titular target (redeemable for cute merit badges).
Constance Hale's Sin and Syntax:
In this book, a feisty grammarian shares the keys to clear, engaging prose—as vital to thank-you notes and term papers as it is to fiction—which she divides into Cardinal Sins (the rules) and Carnal Pleasures (delicious ways to break them).
The site metes out punishments ranging from "gentle" (a pop-up window urging you on) to "kamikaze" (your work un-writes itself) if you don't keep the pace—which might be just the push you need to get that report done by Monday.
Embrace Your Inner Writer
- Maya Angelou on how to write—and how to live
- Why a writer should always feel like she's in over her head
- 12 ways to write a poem