NaNoWriMo 2017 Word Counting Calendar

National Novel Writing Month Calendar 2016 Hello Wrimos! Here’s this year’s word counting calendar, based on the one I made for myself back in 2012. I’m not doing Nanowrimo this year, but I’ve updated the calendar for 2017 AND have added several color variations!

How to Use the 2017 Calendar

The theory is pretty simple: To maintain a good pace, you need to write 1667 words a day to meet your 50,000 word count. Every day, write-in the number of words you wrote in the word count box for each day, and then fill-in the pyramid of 10 boxes, each corresponding to 250 words.

As the days go by, the amount of filled-in boxes will show you at-a-glance where your GREAT days were, and also the less-great days where you had to do something important like cook Thanksgiving dinner. Annotate the calendar as necessary! It’s designed to help you feel good about the progress you do make.

For weekly review, the last column provides a place where you can write your weekly word count and see how many words that should have been. The box also gives you the total cumulative count you should be at, which you can calculate by adding up all the “weekly word counts”. For pacing purposes, knowing that you exceeded 11,669 words a week is sufficient.

The calendar is designed for US 8.5 x 11 inch paper, but the layout should also work on A4 if you “scale to fit” when printing.

Example Use

I used the calendar last year to track my progress. You can see how the pyramids show how much effort was spent on each day. In this example from 2012, you can see how each day has a pyramid of filled-in word count blocks. Each is 250 words. Over time, you can see it forms a pleasing pattern.

The calendar is free to use for non-commercial purposes, and I’d love to hear about how you’re using these if you are part of a group or organization. I recommend using the official Adobe Acrobat Reader for printing the calendar, as many PDF readers do not render dotted lines correctly.

Having trouble saving the file? On Windows, right-click the link above and choose “Save Link As”. If you’re using a Macintosh, option-click the link instead.


You can download more colors from my Patreon page!


I also sell a 12-month word tracking calendar which you can download for US$12.00. Since there are only two months left in the year, I’ve dropped the price to $2.00.