Writer Wednesday: Use This Story Progress Bar for New Year Goals

If you have a website and you’re looking for a fun and easy way to visualize your word count goals, then you might enjoy using this tool. It’s called the NaNoWriMo Word Meter. You’ll find it on languageisavirus.com, a website for writers. You do not need to be a NaNoWriMo member to use it.

Not sure how I got those percentages to match like that.

Not sure how I got those percentages to match like that.

It’s simple to use: You enter your word count goal along with your current word count. Choose the color that you want for your progress bar. Click the button and the page gives you HTML code to copy, paste, and use on your website. A tool like this just adds another way to keep myself motivated and productive. (See my David Copperfield quote for evidence that I need help.) Each week I’ll update the progress bars with the new word counts. As you can see on the bar (you’ll always find it in my off-canvas sidebar), I decided to track several projects. Sometimes I focus on one story for a week. Other times I spend a few hours on each throughout the week. There are days when I don’t work on these stories at all because I become infatuated with a new story.

My progress meters are also for those of you who enjoy my writing. You’ll have a good idea of how soon I’ll have a story available for you to read. One of my New Year goals is to self-publish a collection of my short stories through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. If you’d like to be one of the first to know when I’ve published the collection, then be sure to subscribe to my blog.

Let me know if you use this writing tool and how well it helps to keep you on track with your writing goals this year. I’ll let you know how it helps with mine.


Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. Very interesting, Darla. As I work on articles and stories, I keep all kinds of measurement tallies on “notes” posted in the margins, but it gets cluttered. I’ll give this a try.


    • Happy New Year, Marylin! There are many tools to use, and I’ll keep sharing them as I come across them. We writers need all the help we can get!


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