Last month I talked about the motivational power of NaNoWriMo's word count graph, but since it's only live in November, I decided to try another online word count tracker: Pacemaker.
I don't find Pacemaker as satisfying or user-friendly as NaNoWriMo's site, but it's still a great tool for tracking progress. I also really like its flexibility. You can set up different types of goals, including editing/revising plans, and you can count by word, scene, chapter, etc. I tried to set my December goal by counting scenes and ended up changing it to word count because it was easier to tally. However, I think the scene idea might work in another situation.
If you're looking for a progress tracker to help get your New Year's writing goals accomplished, try out Pacemaker and see how you like it.
NOTE: If you use Pacemaker, don't forget to click the green "save plan and progress" button after adding your progress, even though you've already clicked the "apply progress" button. It's a seemingly unnecessary step, but it won't save if you don't.
See my original post: The Magic of Word-Count Graphs
Melinda Brasher currently teaches English as a second language in the beautiful Czech Republic. She loves the sound of glaciers calving and the smell of old books. Her travel articles and short fiction appear in Go Nomad, International Living, Electric Spec, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and others. For an e-book collection of some of her favorite published pieces, check out Leaving Home. For something a little more medieval, read her YA fantasy novel, Far-Knowing. Visit her online at http://www.melindabrasher.com.