NaNoWriMo 2018 Word Counting Calendar

National Novel Writing Month Calendar 2018 Hello Wrimos! I’ve updated the word counting calendar for November 2018’s National Novel Writing Month!

The theory is pretty simple:

  1. To maintain a good pace, you need to write 1667 words a day to meet your 50,000 word count.

  2. At the end of each day, fill-in the word count box for each day.

  3. Also fill-in the pyramid of 10 boxes, starting at the bottom. Each box corresponding to 250 words.

As the days go by, the pile of filled-in boxes will show you at-a-glance where your GREAT days were! You’ll also spot where you had to do something important like cook Thanksgiving dinner.

Go ahead and annotate the calendar as necessary! It’s designed to help you feel good about the progress you do make, and there’s no wrong way to use it!

Finally, for weekly review you can use the last column to track your weekly word count and compare it to the number of words should be at if you were writing a consistent number of words every day. The box also lists the cumulative word count, which you can calculate by adding up all the “weekly word counts”. If you’re hitting the minimum weekly word count, you’re probably doing OK!

The calendar is designed for US 8.5 x 11 inch paper, but the layout is designed to 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!


If you want to track words in December, you can get my 2018 word counting calendar for $2.00 if you use coupon code CALENDAR-MISER in the checkout ($10 off, since it’s the end of the year). Check back around Christmas 2018 to buy next year’s calendar!