I can be a bit OCD about wordcount, it’s something I picked up over four years of NaNoWriMo, and it’s about the only thing that keeps me writing some days.
There are NaNoWriMo word count calculators out there, but I always ended up making my own. I wanted a little more than the NaNoWriMo website stats could give me, but I didn’t need sheets and sheets of linked… stuff, either. My spreadsheet skills are very basic (I don’t even know how to link sheets) but they do what I need them to do, and they keep me writing for the most part, which is the main thing.
I started, of course, with a NaNo calculator, then after NaNo ended one year I started making the calculators for different targets, different time periods. This November, I made one for NaNo that had both the standard 50k target, but also had space for a custom target (I found 50k to be no great challenge, after three years of wins).
Thought I might as well share them. Maybe they’ll be useful to someone else :)
To use them, click on the spreadsheet title. It’ll open the Google Doc in a new window. File > Make a Copy, and give it a name. It’ll be saved in your own Google Docs/Drive. If you don’t have a Google/Gmail account, or if you prefer to have it on your computer rather than in the cloud, use File > Download as > and choose Excel or Open Document format.
If anything is messed up, let me know so I can fix it!
Fourteen Day Word Count Spreadsheet
Thirty Day Word Count Spreadsheet
NaNoWriMo Word Count Spreadsheet