NaNoWriMo Stuff

I love writing. I'm not the best at it, but I love it. One of the things I do on a yearly basis is to participate in the NaNoWriMo writing competition. The best way to describe NaNoWriMo is that it's a full month of extremely fun, high-velocity noveling -- and that it's a great way for anybody to become more aware of themselves. This is not only as a writer, but as a person.

I have been a participant since 2006, and have been volunteering as the Municipal Liaison for my community in Flagstaff, Arizona since 2009.

Resources

One of the best resources I've got is a spreadsheet I have made in the past. It grows more complicated every year. Using it has remained simple, however!

You can change your personal goal in the very lower right corner of the spreadsheet, allowing you to set a personal goal above or below the official NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words.
Word Count Goal

At the end of every day in November, just enter in how many words (total) you have in the orange cell for that day, and the spreadsheet will calculate how far you are in achieving your goal.Enter Daily Word Count

The spreadsheet will tell you if you are ahead or behind for the NaNoWriMo goal and for your personal goal, as well as how far ahead or behind you are. Additionally, it'll tell you how complete you are, in percentage, and how many words are left for the month. The Writen Today column will be green if you've written more than the daily goal of words for the day. (Even if you are behind, overall.)

Don't be daunted by the sheer amount of red you see on the spreadsheet. Think of it more as an incentive to keep writing, than as a negative thing.

One more thing! There's a graph on the second tab of the spreadsheet. This can help you understand how your goal, the NaNoWriMo goal, and your actual writing pace are related.
Graph Tab

Click here to download 2011-11_writingtracker.xlsx (Excel 2007/2008/2010/2011 format)