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Nifty Little Word Counter Graphic

I’m not doing Camp NaNo this month because I’m doing an rewrite on Hotel Reverie, the first book in the Seaport series, and I didn’t find Camp worked as well as I’d hoped for rewrites. I thought, however, that word count could be used —not to count new words — but to track my progress through the rewrite since I’m working my way from beginning to end. I’ve been meaning to give this site a try since seeing it on Jennifer Crusie’s blog a long time ago. There are lots of whimsical choices for the “ticker” and marker. You can set a word count goal and update by either changing the total or add how much you wrote today. It’s easy to post them on a blog, too. There are a couple of quirks you need to be aware of: you need to bookmark the place where your ticker is, or have it posted somewhere so you can click through. You do not need to set up an account: you just need to set a password so no one can screw with your numbers. That means that your ticker exists at a specific URL and can only be accessed to be updated at that URL. The other quirk I noticed is that when you update your numbers, you need to click the Next all the way through to the end or your total won’t be updated. Your style choices are saved, so you don’t have to do anything but click through the pages. (Or if you’re tired of the style you chose, you can change it.) You can set up as many counters as you want, but another quirk I just found is that you must use a different password when you create a new ticker or else you’ll end up accidentally changing your previously created ticker.

If you want to embed them on your blog, you’ve got a choice of two sizes, with a black or white option. (Large size shown below, small in sidebar.) Get a ticker counter for your project here. Choose what you want to count. I used the “Objects/Actions” counter.

Example counter


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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