Writing progress meters

November 3, 2010

This Monday was November 1 — the first day of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

While I won’t be participating this year, I thought this would be a good time to blog about progress meters.

One thing that I liked about NaNoWriMo is that it provided a visual representation of my writing progress. But there are other sites on the Web you can use for that.

Writertopia provides two different progress meters that can be embedded in your Web site or your blog.

The first is a simple picometer:

Writertopia also offers a cartoon progress meter. You might have seen that one on my blog or Web site. You can choose one of seven moods.

Once you reach your target word count, the writing bean celebrates.

Language is a Virus offers a Web site in which you can enter your current word count and your target word count, and you get an html code that you can use on your homepage or blog. It looks like this:

A similar but more elegant progress meter is Svenja’s Word Count Meter:

Critique Circle offers a word meter builder that gives you several options. Here’s one example:


The Writer’s Database offers word count tracking to its members. Membership is free. The word count page offers graphs of total story length and daily output. Here’s a video that shows how to add a word count meter and how to do daily entries.

Another site that needs a (free) membership is StoryToolz. Its progress meters look like this:

Click to view daily statistics

So, do you use progress meters? Do you have a favorite?



  1. Thanks for this, really helpfull!

  2. You’re welcome. I find it very motivating to see a visual representation of how my novel is growing.

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