I have just found the best Mac app in the history of apps. Sounds hyperbolic, right? Not even. It’s amazing. WordCounter has taken so much pressure off my scatterbrained mind.

I’ve been tracking my writing, trying to boost my words per hour, figure out when is my best writing time, and all that good stuff. Anything you can measure, you can improve… and all the other cliches we writers hear all the time.

I’m horrible at keeping track. I forget to log my word count. I write in three different programs. I never remember when I sat down to work. Now, I don’t have to.

So, before I sound like some stupid infomercial–why has nobody told me about WordCounter before?

It tracks how much I write in IA, Scrivener, Flowstate, and for the online writing tools I use, like storyshop.io, it tracks words for browsers too. I had no intention of advertising on this blog, but this might have been the best twenty bucks I’ve ever spent. (Besides the IOS version of Scrivener, of course)

Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 11.38.02 AMIt shows the totals for the day. And hovering over the bars, shows an hourly breakdown.

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And, if you are like me and forget to log your numbers every night… there is a calendar view with all your past days, still broken down by hour and app. I’ve been using it for over a week now and it’s been incredibly handy.

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I just wanted to pass this along, because as many writing podcasts as I listen to, I’ve never heard this mentioned. It’s $20, but money well spent as far as I’m concerned. 

Good luck and happy writing,

WR

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