Friday, March 9, 2012
Word Count Widgets
A while ago, I wanted to add word count widgets to the sidebar of my blog. I saw them on other people's sites and thought it was a great way to track progress without talking about it all the time.
I used to be a software developer. I thought I would make my own widgets. But it turns out the skills left me sometime over the last year.
So I found the ones on the sidebar from someone else's blog and followed the link. Svenja developed them for NaNoWriMo. I've been using these for a while - and love them. I think they're pretty and easy to update.
The reason I write about it today? The word count goal on the widget for my current WIP used to be 50K. Now it's 75K. I doubt anyone noticed, but it's a big deal for me.
This time last year I couldn't imagine writing anything longer than 42K. The programmer inside of me likes to keep things concise and efficient, so that tiny little word count seemed perfect to me. I whined when I realized that didn't make a novel, only a novella (unless I'm writing for the eight year old crowd, which I sometimes do).
I will only write novellas and children's stories. It is what it is, I told myself.
Then I added some chapters to that first adult novel/novella - it needed more conflict. The word count rose to 66K, a number I had never imagined I could reach.
By this weekend, maybe today (but probably not), I will cross the 40K word mark on my current WIP. It will be nowhere near done at 50K words, so I quietly upped the word count goal on my cute little widget to 75K. Only a year ago, that seemed impossible for me.
Do you have any stories of surpassing your own expectations? Know of any good word count widgets?