I know you lot are always up for a challenge. A significant portion of the crew here takes on NaNoWriMo each November.
So I have a gift for you.
A Month Without Math
I’ve created a word-count tracker that dynamically calculates how many words you need to write every day to hit your targets. It works whether you faithfully write 1667 words every day, or whether you binge-write 5,000 then sleep for 48 hours before writing again. Just plug in your numbers and the spreadsheet will tell you your remaining daily average number of words required to hit the magic 50,000.
But That’s Not All
If you hit the minimum daily number of words required to stay on track, the spreadsheet rewards you by turning the ‘Words Today’ cell a happy bright green.
When you hit the magic 50,000 words, all the remaining “Words This Month” boxes turn green too.
(It’s silly, but it is incredibly motivating to see those little green boxes stack up!)
(as long as you can access Google Drive, that is).
This is a Google Sheets document. That means it’s stored in the cloud and you can update it from anywhere you can log in to Google: on your phone, in the coffee shop, in bed, from your laptop, during meetings (ahem!)
Easy To Use
This comes with foolproof instructions including “Where to type” and “Where not to type” and “how to use this again next year/for other projects”.
Download a copy now, to your Google Drive (you’ll need a free Google account) and use it with my best wishes for a frantic, fiction-filled month of creativity!