Tag Archives: free software

Writer’s Resource: Word Count Spreadsheets

Now that you have your tools to motivate you to write, here are some options to keep track of how many words you write a day. Each offers a different layout

Jamie Raintree – It looks like an excel spreadsheet, but you have to email her to get a copy.

Keith Dumble – The Amazing Mechanical Wordcount Tracker, this is for Google Drive users only.

Justin McLachlan – an excel spreadsheet for download that changes colors as you progress

Sprint Shack – another excel spreadsheet

Jenny Trout – excel done up by week

Nerds and Nomsense – a guide on how to make your own spreadsheet

Finally, the previously mention Svenja Gosen

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

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Writer’s Resource: Word Count Applications

With NaNo fast approaching, here are a few options to help encourage achieving the daily word count goal.

Write or Die – this offers the carrot and stick options for writing, using pictures, sounds and colors based on how well the writing goes. Application charges fee for download.

750Words – based on the idea of writing three pages a day, the site offers rewards in the form of points and monthly contests. Site charges a fee after a free trial membership.

Written? Kitten! – operates on a reward system. Site shows a picture after so many words. Default is of kittens, but can be changed. Use is free.

ilys – does not allow the writer to edit until the world goal is reached.  The writing box doesn’t even show the entire document, just the last letter type. Once the word count is reached then you can access the full piece and edit. Use is free.

Writeometer – an android app that supplies graphs for tracking word counts, rewards for achieving goals, and sends notifications to remind you to write. Download is free.

There is also the previously mentioned HabitRPG.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

 

Writer’s Resource: Scrivener

Scrivener

Scrivener is a writing program offered by Literature and Latte. They are another sponsor of NaNo and offer a free 30 day trial. Scrivener offers tool such as a corkboard, files for easy formatting, a place to store research, and easy import/export from other software.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a free alternative, with less functionality offered through SpaceJock Software. Also available is Jami Gold’s Scrivener template beat sheet.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Beat Sheets

Story Planning Worksheets

Jami Gold, a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author, created a spreadsheet that works around the Beat Sheets Blake Snyder shares in his book, Save The Cat. As if that weren’t enough, she created many more based on other writing techniques, among them Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering.

Depending on your writing style, (pantser vs plotter, character vs plot) there should be something that will help organize that amazing idea into something resembling a story.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Word Tracker

Word Tracker Spreadsheets

Svenja Liv, an artist, puts together excel spreadsheets, free to download, that will keep track of how many words written per day.  There are three options

1) Word count per day for just November (this one comes in a variety of designs, most related to shows)

2) Word count per day for the year

3) Word total  for November

Sure, you could create your own Excel spreadsheet to track how many words you written in how many hours, but why bother when someone has figured out the formulas for you.  It comes with pages for tracking characters and plot with bonus graphs and a comment line that cheers or harangues you depending on how well you are meeting the daily word count.

May the muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Spacejock Software

Spacejock Software

Spacejock offers free software that perform various tasks.  Relevant to this blog’s focus are:

yWriter5- a writing programs similar to Scrivener with a few less bells and whistles; and

Sonar3- a tracking system for who you have sent what stories and what was the response.  Similar to Duotrope, except your information is not available to others.  Which means you can’t learn from other people’s experiences, either.

Simon Haynes, the creator, proudly claims his software is virus free and walks you through how to ensure it is.

May the muse be with you,

Kelly Dunn