NaNoWriMo

Word tracking spreadsheets for National Novel Writing Month 2018. Every file contains a word tracker as well as additional sheets for plotting, character development, timeline, and keeping track of your progress, chapters, story, and characters. Sample screenshots are further down this page.

There are a ton of different designs, and instructions are included. They’re free to use and share – you can just put in “0” in the price field if you don’t want to pay and you won’t be asked for any payment info! If you want to give back, please consider checking out my art shop or sharing the link to this page with others who might be interested. You can also make a donation using the links at the bottom of the page!

Click on the preview images below to download each sheet!

Art

nano-preview preview-batb nano-fairy nano-hp nano-halloween nano-inflagranti nano-lament nano-lights preview-lost nano-mermaid preview-ml preview-ballerina preview-stardust preview-starlight preview-pl nano-sting nano-steampunk nano-thalia nano-warrior

Supernatural

nano-ad nano-cas nano-dean nano-sam

Once Upon A Time

nano-eq nano-snowing nano-hook-1 preview-itw nano-rumple

Superheroes

nano-bucky preview-groot nano-loki nano-steggy nano-thor preview-ww

Star Wars

nano-hl preview-endor nano-ts

Tolkien

preview-aragorn nano-gandalf nano-kili nano thorin

Misc Fandom

nano-ben nano-frasers nano-huntsman preview-malec

Old designs

(2016 designs, no longer updated but still functional)

nano-hunt nano-pirate nano-selene

There’s also one spreadsheet that lets you fill in your total wordcount and calculates your daily amount etc from that, but I only made that in one design. If you want it in a different design, you can always adapt one of the others.

I do take requests for custom designs. But every hour I spend on these is an hour I should really be spending on my actual work, so I give preference to folks who donate. Either way, though, request away!

Screenshots

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Troubleshooting

  • I’m getting a “drawing conversion failed” error and the images aren’t showing up!
    There are two versions of each tracker; try the .xlsx file, that should work.
  • I’ve found a bug in the code.
    Please contact me and I’ll fix it!
  • Can you make a version that’ll work on a Mac?
    No. Though I’ve been told, by people who own Macs, that these do work on a Mac.
  • I don’t know how to use Excel.
    Google.
  • I edited stuff I shouldn’t have and now it’s broken, help!
    Re-download and start over.
  • Can you make a version that people can view my blog?
    It’s an Excel file, so that won’t work. You can always upload it to Google Docs and link to it, or post screenshots.

If you’re looking for a year-round tracker, check out the year-round word trackers. If you’re looking to track a project over a different month, or several months, try the project word tracker.

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23 comments on “NaNoWriMo

  1. Hi, just wanted to drop in and say I’ve used these spreadsheets for years. They get me through NaNo and I think they’re fantastic!

  2. despite her comments above – for folks using MacOS and MS Office, the sheet and macros seem to work quite well.

  3. […] Svenja NaNoWriMo Spreadsheets – And of course, Svejia’s spreadsheets. I started using them four years ago, just as word trackers, but they are a lot more than that. Sheets for sorting out different elements of the story are included and last year I realised the full potential of it when I worked the revision Give in to the Feeling on them. These spreadsheets force you to look at the very essential characteristics of your character and arcs (you’re allowed just few words to describe anything), this way I discovered connection, echoes and similarities I had never realised before. They are not only useful during NaNo to keep track of the word count, they are also useful in sorting out the actual plot of your story. And they are beautiful too. […]

  4. Yes! I am doing the happy dance in my desk chair. I now have a word count tracker with my absolute favorite piece of fanart of the Winter Soldier! Thank you so much!!!

    I bought a print of that portrait. My reward for completing NaNoWriMo is to frame it right away.

  5. Thank you for creating these! I love using them for NaNoWriMo. It is great motivation!

    1. Thank you, I’m glad to hear that and grateful for the support! <3 Good luck with NaNo, I hope you have a great month!

  6. […] Still not convinced? The spreadsheets also offer some other nifty features like a plot sheet, novel info page, chapter guide, character sheets and example sheets for them, plus a very useful manual. You have all your info in one place looking all pretty and ordered :O) Also nice if your pantser soul gives out and you feel that you really need to keep track of what your story and protagonists are developing into:) Moreover, there’s very pretty graphics for all kinds of genres and tastes. You find them here. […]

  7. Oh, wonderful! I love these worksheets you do for NaNoWriMo. They make keeping track so much easier. I also like the annual one. Thanks so much for doing these… and for one of Loki. :D

    1. I’m glad they’re useful! Thanks very much! And hey, had to have Loki, right? He’s important!

  8. Hi! Just wanted to say that you’ve done an excellent job with the word tracker spreadsheet; it’s my first year doing NaNoWriMo, and I like to plan and structure my writing days – so thank you so so much for creating it! I’ve been doing something similar in Excel for my story, but yours is much more detailed and appealing, and I can’t wait to use it in November.

    Just wanted to say thanks, and it’s really really great :D

    Jemma

    1. Oooh, good luck in your first year, I hope you enjoy it! :D And I’m glad that you like these, I hope it’ll help. :) Thank you!

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