Thanks to Nina, I have happened upon this very cool site which encourages writers and gives them an outlet to write words every day, at least 750 of them to be exact. The site tracks each day and how many words you write, compiling a number of interesting/funny stats based on the words written (though no human eyes other than yours can actually read them) as well as handing out badges to those that keep a consecutive streak of 750 word days going.
As it stands, I've only completed one day. But it was actually pretty helpful. Having that set goal to reach really pushes you to power through and put some text down no matter the quality.
And that really is the problem. Even with a notebook, I find myself constantly filtering myself, scratching out more story than I put in. This compulsive need to create perfection during a first draft rather simply focusing on laying down a basic plot structure and getting ideas out into the open has always inhibited me. Since the site provides you with only a blank computer screen and a word counter, I don't feel so pressured to create something of literary merit every time my hands touch the keyboard.
It might be too early to tell, but I'm thinking this might be the start of a new early morning routine. Check out the site for yourself and give it a try, let me know what you think.