When I couldn't find an app to do this, I created a simple spreadsheet. Not only does it help me visualize my goal, I also set it up so it gives me the percentage of words I've written out of my total goal. [If you'd like to do something like this yourself, simply do a web search for "thermometer chart excel." That's how I figured it out.]
It's a great motivator each day I write, to plug in my new word count and see that thermometer and percentage go up. This is a way to hold myself accountable. It also gives me an answer when people ask, "How is the book going?" I can answer, "Oh, I'm at 48 percent!" or wherever I happen to be at the moment.
As I got into the late part of August, I needed a more specific way to measure my progress compared to how much time I had left before my deadline. So I calculated how many words I would need to write per week to get me from my current word count to my 60,000 target. Then I created a simple line graph to track my weekly word output. [You can find instructions for this by searching "line graph excel."]
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