2021 update: more trackers that let you input your running tally rather than daily wordcount! So now, most of the designs include both versions and you can use whichever you prefer.
Each 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. If you don’t want to pay, you can just put in “0” in the price field and you won’t be asked for any payment info! If you want to give back and help me keep making and hosting these, just choose your price during checkout or make a donation using the links further down. Thank you so much for the support!
Click on the preview images below to download each tracker!
Daily wordcount & running tally:
Daily wordcount only:
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’m only doing custom requests for people who donate. That said, if you have an idea for a feature or you’d like to see a specific artwork of mine featured, feel free to let me know!
FAQ // 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 “how to use Excel”, the internet is very helpful.
- I edited stuff I shouldn’t have and now it’s broken, help!
Re-download the file 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.
These trackers are for National Novel Writing Month 2021. 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.
New since 2019: a spreadsheet specifically for developing characters & plot! If you’re struggling to figure out what your story is about or who your characters are, check it out!
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