I laugh every time I see that word. NaNoWriMo. It sort of sounds like Nanna Rhino. Anyway, I’m just letting you know I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month. But I don’t plan on writing a novel. At least, I don’t think I do. But who knows what will happen? Maybe I will, just for fun. What I do plan on writing is assignments, blog posts and lots of cover letters. All things that will in some way or another be “published”.

I figure if I want to keep track of how much writing I’m doing the best way to do so, for me, would be an app. So I had a look at the word counting apps available and have decided to trial two for a little while to see which one I like best.

First up is WriMoDemon– it’s a really simple easy way to keep track of how many words you write each day. It also includes features like a daily goal for words and a percentage of completion towards your word goal. I like it because it’s really easy to see how much I’ve written and how much I have to go.

The second app I’m trialling is called WriteChain– it is also really easy to use and has the added bonus of being able to log individual writing sessions rather than the daily total. You can set a daily word goal and how many days you can ‘coast’ without breaking your chain.

Currently I prefer WriMoDemon for the front page where I can see my goal and progress really easily, but I like WriteChain for the fact that I’m not creating one piece of writing and so I can log my separate projects separately. I’ll see how it goes over the next fortnight and if there’s one I become more partial to compared to the other, I’ll let you know.

If you want to find out more about NaNoWriMo, check out the official website or this handy Wikipedia article.

Are you participating in Nanna Rhino month? What are you writing?

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