Writing Tip: How I Track My Monthly Word Count Goal

One of my favorite things about NaNoWriMo is being able to update the website with my daily word count every night.  I love being able to look at the graphs and analyze my writing progress.  In December I realized that if I was going to routinely keep up with my daily writing goal, I needed to come up with my own way of tracking.

So here it is!

I've decided to start keeping an excel spreadsheet for every month.  I keep it in my google drive so that I'm able to access it when I'm on the go, either through the website or through the app on my iPod.

As you can see, I've only been using this method for less than 2 months.  I'm sure that every month I'll figure out tweaks to make it better.  But here's how I'm using my spreadsheet right now.

The columns:  Project, Date, Starting Word Count, Ending Word Count, Words Written That Day, Where Should I Be?

Project:  The name of the writing project that I am currently focusing on.

Date:  Obvious! :)

Starting Word Count Goal:  What word count am I starting the day with?

Ending Word Count Goal:  What word count am I ending with that day?

Words Written That Day:  Ending word count - Starting word count = _____________

Where Should I be?  This is the amount of words that I want to end the day with, if I meet my daily writing goal.  For January I am shooting for 500 words a day so this number increases in 500 every day.

Anyway, that's my spreadsheet.  How do you track your daily word count?

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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