My goal with the word count calculator is to keep the boxes green—though you can see, if you open the file, that I have not done a good job of that this month—and to write each day. When I’m writing each day I build up momentum and the writing is easier.
So I thought I’d share the calculator here for any of you who might like it.
Free Word Count Calculator
Then go to “file” and then to “make a copy” and then you can edit it.
The only cells you should edit are the blue cells. And you should take a picture of it on the last day of the month if you want to save it because when the calendar ticks over, the dates are reset to the new month. The date is always current.
I hope you like it. I hope those of you who were motivated by earning gold stars in kindergarten will enjoy keeping the daily counts in the green. I never cared about gold stars myself, but I find that as I age everything is harder. So I have to use all the motivational help I can find. And, you know, we come in needing diapers and we go out needing diapers, so I guess I’m about at the right age to be reverting to kindergarten motivations.
The motivational factor
Seriously, though, the motivation is in the daily average. Keep an eye on that daily average. Because here’s what you’ll find. If you have a project that is 50,000 words and you have 50 days to do that project, you know that you have to write 1000 words for your daily average. If you take Sundays off as I do, you’ll need to write more on the other days of the week to keep your daily average up to 1,000.
What I think you’ll find is this: The more days you write, the higher your daily average is and you will see that you can easily write a novel in a couple of months (yes, I made this tool for my 60-Day Novel course I’m working on). And when you don’t write every day, you’re going to see that daily average drop. And I think that’s going to motivate you (and me!) to keep writing every day.