More wordcount spreadsheets for 2014

A little late to the party, but I made some more word count trackers, this time with Supernatural themes. There’s one each featuring Cas, Dean, and Sam, and also one featuring all three taking turns every month. So if you’re a SPN fan the boys will keep you company throughout the year while you write! Previews and download links are below – the previews are for the NaNo spreadsheets, but they look the same, I promise!

 

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Spreadsheets for 2014

There was supposed to be a whole thing where I write about Eirtakon and all the wonderful people who came by and recognised me and my art and actually bought quite a lot of it, but… here’s the thing. I came home from Eirtakon, and immediately got sick. And then I had to scramble to catch up on all the commissions and other work I’d neglected in favour of preparing for a con, attending a con, and coughing my lungs out. So I never got around to it. But it was a really great experience, I had a brilliant time, and everyone was amazingly wonderful.

That was in November. Exactly a month ago, actually. Wow, I’m slow. I also didn’t win NaNoWriMo, by the way. It turns out that convention prep and sickness don’t mix very well with NaNo. But on the plus side, November is over and we’re even past the whole solstice nonsense so now the days will get longer again. Whew.

Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate!

An alternate version of the SPN Christmas card I made.

(If you don’t celebrate Christmas or anything else, just enjoy the picture, or ignore that part.) Read more »


Awards and more word tracker themes

I’ve been very remiss in updating this site with all my news – and I do have some! Written Acts of Kindness BadgeThe lovely Cate gave me a “Written Acts of Kindness” award for my word meter and trackers, which put a big smile on my face. Look at it, it’s so pretty! Thanks a million, Cate.

Cate’s blog is called “CommuniCATE – Resources for Writers”, and that’s exactly what it is. It’s full of advice, writing tips, inspirational quotes, and all things wonderful. If you’re a writer, check it out!

I’m really amazed and impressed by all the positive responses I’ve been getting for my stuff. When I started making spreadsheets for NaNo, they were for my own use, and I only put them online as an afterthought. Fast-forward two years, and I’m making lots of different themes and getting requests and donations and all kinds of lovely comments. It’s pretty cool. A big thanks to everyone who’s commented and downloaded and donated.

Speaking of spreadsheets - yes, I have more. More themes for the 2013 word tracker, that is. I got requests for the huntsman and the steampunk themes, so I went with those. Read more »


It’s here! Word tracker for 2013

I meant to have this done weeks ago, but life intervened and informed me that I now had other plans. Then I realised that last year’s tracker actually had some issues, so I fixed those to enhance the functionality. And so, it all took a little longer than intended. But I’m done now!

  

I have two different designs for this one so far. I’ll probably make a few more, but they won’t be out for another few days because I have to make graphics for them, and changing all the colours and fonts always takes a while.

Features and changes:

  • individual sheets for each month, where you can track your word count day by day.
  • adjustable yearly goal.
  • adjustable monthly goals.
  • progress charts and overview.
  • it’s now possible to set several monthly goals to 0 and have the form divide the word count evenly among the rest.

A few people asked about only tracking word count for one month, or a few months at a time. You can absolutely do that!

Using it for one month:

Set your yearly goal. Then set the monthly goal for your chosen month to match your yearly goal. All other months will show up with a goal of 0 and be ignored for the stats.

Using it for several months:

There are two ways. You can either set a custom goal for each month you want to count, or you can set all the other month goals to 0 and let the form calculate the rest. So if you want to count January, February, and March, you can either give those three months custom goals, or set all other months to 0, which will divide the word count evenly among January, February, and March.

If you have any questions or run into problems, let me know. Likewise, if you want this sheet in a specific design from my NaNo trackers (seen here and here), feel free to request it and I’ll make it a priority. I’m also open to making custom designs for anyone who donates any amount. (I can’t offer that for free at the moment because it does take quite a bit of time to design these.)

Anyway, that’s that! Happy New Year, and happy writing in 2013!


New NaNoWriMo 2012 spreadsheet designs!

I just finished two brand-new designs for my NaNoWriMo tracking spreadsheets. One of them is inspired by Snow White and the Huntsman, and features my Huntsman painting:

Digital work, 2012.

The other one’s a steampunk-inspired one. It’s the one I’ll be using for my own tracking this year because it fits my story pretty well. They both have all the same features as the rest of the NaNo spreadsheets I’ve made. You can see the full previews by clicking on each image, and download the files via the links below.

   

Again, they’re licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License, so you can change and share all you like as long as you give credit. I don’t know if I’ll make more, but if I do, I’ll upload them here as usual! I’m not sure I’ll have time, though. Four days to go and I still don’t really have my plot(s) worked out. I haven’t even really decided on a story yet. I’m taking the “ah sure it’ll be grand” approach this year, so far. Which is never a good idea, but that never seems to stop me.

Ah well. Anyone else decided what you’re going to write yet?


NaNoWriMo 2012 word trackers

This spreadsheet features a wordcount tracker, progress chart, pages for filling in novel info, characters, and chapters, as well as character and plot development sheets. It’s designed for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2012, but with a little tweaking you can use it any time.

It’s an Excel spreadsheet; if you’re using a Mac, you might need to adapt/convert it. This is the basic design which is available in two versions, one which works by daily wordcount, and another which works by total wordcount.

The regular (daily count) tracker also comes in other colours and designs. These are last year’s, updated for 2012. Click on the thumbnails to see the full preview, and use the links below to download each.

            

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. You’re free to change, edit, and share these, but please remember to give credit. All images used are my own, and they are copyrighted, not to be used for anything outside of these spreadsheets.


More writing spreadsheets for 2012

Yes, alas, time for more spreadsheets… I updated last year’s tracker so you can use to track your writing throughout 2012. I made it in three different designs, which you might recognise from my NaNo sheets:


You can download it here if you want to use it. Instructions are included as usual. If you liked one of the other NaNo designs better and want to request that, just leave a comment!

I also made an editing spreadsheet. It’s very basic, only one sheet, and it doesn’t have as much fancy stuff as my other spreadsheets. But it works for me, and I figured I’d share. Read more »


National Novel Finishing Month?

Well, NaNoWriMo came and went this year without a single update from me – because I was too busy writing to blog. That, and my characters were clamouring to be painted, so I started on that, too. If you’re interested in seeing some progress shots, I’ve started sharing those on my Facebook page.

But anyway, now we’re into December, and my novel isn’t finished. I got to 56,000 words, but I’m nowhere near done. And I’m not alone! A lot of people seem to be using December as National Novel Finishing Month, and I love that idea. I miss being able to update my word count on the site, but I changed my NaNoWriMo trackers so that they can be used for December – you can fill in your word count so far and your target for the end of this month, and it’ll calculate your daily targets, averages and so on.


It looks a little different than the preview since I change the headings and added a field to fill in your word count to date. You can download it here, and there’s a single-file version too. I didn’t update the instructions, but they’re pretty much the same, except that you can now fill in your word count to date in the box marked “Written”. You can delete any pages that you don’t need or copy them into your NaNoWriMo sheet, whatever works for you. So, if you’re going to be writing through December as well, I hope this comes in handy!

And with that, it’s back to writing for me. I hope NaNo went well for everyone – anyone with me for December?


Word count trackers for NaNoWriMo 2011

Update notice for 2012: If you’re here for NaNo 2012 spreadsheets, see here for updated versions of all of these trackers. Some of the links in this post may not work anymore now, but the new versions are all available and working fine!

I finally finished updating last year’s word count tracker for NaNoWriMo! I made several different designs and several different formats, because I tend to get a bit carried away with Microsoft Excel. So, here’s the full pack, containing nine different designs:


Click here to go to the download page or download directly (.zip file, 2.6 MB).

Each file contains several sheets – instructions, word tracker, a progress chart, sheets for filling in your novel info, chapter lists, and character lists, as well as sections for developing plot and characters. If you don’t need all that, just delete them!

If you don’t want all the extra designs, I also uploaded the single, updated version of last year’s NaNo word tracker – here’s the download page, or you can download directly (.zip file, 281 KB).

The colours and so on don’t show up so well in earlier versions of Excel, and OpenOffice mangles them as well. I’ll try to make versions which will work better with those programs, and I’ll post them up here if and when I do.

These are all files which work by filling in your daily wordcount. I did have one for total word count last year; if you prefer that, you’re welcome to download last year’s version here and update it yourself.

Someone also converted the tracker to a Mac-compatible format last year, which you’re also welcome to take and update – you’ll find it here. I think some of the bells and whistles are missing from that one, but it should work just fine.

These are all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License, so go ahead and share or alter them all you like. The only thing you shouldn’t do is alter the images within the files. You can replace them all you like, but my art is my art and I don’t want people changing it without permission.

That’s all really. I’ll post updates on here if any bugs emerge or something. If you run into problems or find a bug, let me know and I’ll do what I can to help!