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I was wondering what you gals/guys use to track your word count each day? I'm talking something with statistical analysis.

I just came across this website: https://wordkeeperalpha.com/ but it looks like it hasn't been updated since 2018 (footer copyright and also the blog) and I'm not sure if I want to commit myself to use a service that might die halfway this year.

There are a bunch of apps for tracking word count, but I would rather have something on my browser/pc. Easier to get, take screenshots, etc.

Anyway, what do the Kboards community use?

(I know there is excel too but... you know. Excel.)
 

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I use yWriter and it has a daily word count history.

The report on the screen looks much better than this will. I had to modify it slightly to account for cut-and-paste from their report window into the Reply box.


Date Total Daily Total Daily
With With
Unused Unused
2019-05-01 126560 3 149389 3
2019-05-02 127990 1430 150819 1430
2019-05-03 128094 104 151028 209
2019-05-06 128110 22 151064 42
2019-05-07 128712 602 151908 844
2019-05-09 126152 28 153822 28
2019-05-13 126827 675 154497 675
2019-05-15 127005 178 156454 1957
2019-05-21 127034 29 156483 29
2019-05-22 127108 74 156557 74
2019-05-23 127206 98 157859 1302
2019-05-24 127258 52 157911 52
2019-05-28 129523 2265 160176 2265
2019-05-29 130414 891 161067 891


The 'Unused' columns refer to scenes which have been tagged as unused and don't count in the regular word count. If I'm going to do major surgery on a scene I usually 'clone' it, copy the clone to a fake chapter at the end of the book, and set it unused. That way I can easily get back to a previous version if I don't like how it works out. There is a recovery feature in yWriter but I find it easier to just clone and then retrieve if necessary.

I had a really good day yesterday after about two weeks of travel and distractions.
 

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That being the case, I second WordKeeperAlpha.

Just spoke with the creator online and he says he wants to grow the project.

Highly recommended! Just created my account there!
 

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I plan and track words per week, instead of a daily count. I use a simple spreadsheet with a column for week ending date, another column for weekly total word count goal, and a third for actual total work count. It keeps me on track and allows me to predict when I will finish, thus allowing me to schedule editing, formatting, cover design, and everything else well in advance.
 

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I don't track word counts, or aim for a certain number each session / day. I aim for over 1K at least, or at least a decently executed scene or chapter.

The point is to get the book written well and edited in time, not to hit so many words a day. Quality over quantity every time.
 

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The point of tracking your word count isn't so much for accountability, as it is for planning and goal setting.

Regardless of your output, you should be able to figure out close to when the book will be finished. If you're planning a 100,000 word book, you consistently write 1000 words per day, and don't work on weekends, you're looking at a completion date of 20 weeks. Starting today, you'd finish on Friday October 18th. If you plan a two-week vacation this summer, that becomes November 1st. If there's a holiday, birthday, anniversary, or any other time off between now and then, adjust the completion date accordingly.

So, what happens when you finish? You email the manuscript to your editor and they tell you they're booked solid for three weeks, or even three months. Do you just sit on it? Find another editor who isn't busy? Wouldn't it be nice if you could tell your editor today, that you will have the manuscript to them on November 1st? If you reserve the date, you won't have to wait.

I have a book going through the final stages of publishing right now. The manuscript landed in other peoples' inboxes, on the day I had them scheduled. The book I'm just starting, has a completion date of September 13th, with a release date of November 28th. My beta readers, editor, proofreader, cover designer, formatter, and narrator are all scheduled for specific dates between completion of writing and release. I won't have to wait for them to finish another project, and my schedule works around their needs, since it spans a major holiday.
 

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JavierCabrera said:
Howdy!

I was wondering what you gals/guys use to track your word count each day? I'm talking something with statistical analysis.

I just came across this website: https://wordkeeperalpha.com/ but it looks like it hasn't been updated since 2018 (footer copyright and also the blog) and I'm not sure if I want to commit myself to use a service that might die halfway this year.

There are a bunch of apps for tracking word count, but I would rather have something on my browser/pc. Easier to get, take screenshots, etc.

Anyway, what do the Kboards community use?

(I know there is excel too but... you know. Excel.)
I write down my words at the start in mac notes, and at the end. No need to complicate things
 
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