A NaNo Novel & More


Planning: Word Meter

The goal for NaNoWriMo is very specific: 50,000 words in 30 days. For the first week, I feel like that word count is doable. I’m rolling along, quick-quick. And then I start to sputter. Sometimes, the best way for me to keep going is to keep a very visual tracker of my word count on my blog or homepage. This is true not just during NaNo, but any time I’m working on a longer piece and I have a specific word count that I’m aiming to hit.

Thankfully, there are a number of word meters available out there, including:

  • Honorless, very simple, set your own goal, straight html
  • Yahoo NaNo widget looks pretty. I haven’t figure out how to use it yet, though.
  • Dave’s Scribometer is designed specifically for those using WordPress.
  • Language is a virus also has a simple word meter for NaNo
  • Writertopia has a simple counter bar as well as a very fun graphic counter.
  • Svenja has a nice, pretty one that works on WordPress widgets.
  • Critique Circle offers one that even links to your NaNo wordcount

I tend to use the easiest wordcount meter, so that I can be sure to add my newest page count in each day. Plus, I like the ones that let me choose my colors. I’m all about red this year. Obviously.

If you have any additional word counters that you suggest, let me know in the comments, and I’ll be sure to add them!

Lost in the wild woods, s.