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WordKeeperAlpha: Write Without NaNoWriMo [NaNoWriMo Prep]

Has anyone heard of WordKeeperAlpha? I may be the last to hop on this train, but I just recently heard of it thanks to Skye Hegyes on her blog. (Go check out her blog if you don’t follow her already. She’s a great person and a wonderful writer.)

I’ve always wanted to add those “progress bars” to my blog. I thought it’d be great to hold myself accountable for my projects. Also, seeing the progress go up is really satisfying and motivating. It’s one of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo so much.

But then I was reading Skye’s blog post one day and she mentioned WordKeeperAlpha. I looked it up and it’s really cool.

WordKeeper Alpha

It’s basically what the title suggests. You keep track of your word goal through that website.

It tracks your writing history from the time you officially start writing on there. You can add projects and goals and a start and an end date for them. In a way, it’s similar to how you’d keep track of your NaNo novel. The difference is that you can keep track of multiple projects at once and it’s all year round.

I think I’m going to get great use out of this because, as I said earlier, I like seeing my progress and that motivates me to keep going.

My only complaint is that it tracks words only. I would love it if it had an editing system or even an outlining system. I set up my NaNo project for November, but I plan on outlining it in October. I try to outline a couple of chapters a day. I’d love to set a 3-chapter a day goal, but I can only count the words. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to track that just yet.

Still, I think this will be a great website to keep track of my writing projects in and out of NaNoWriMo. I always miss the charts and updating my word count whenever I write outside of April, July, or November.

So, I think this is definitely a site I will be using to track my progress in and out of NaNo.

Do you use WordKeeperAlpha? Do you think you’ll check it out and use it now that you know about it? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!


Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

30 thoughts on “WordKeeperAlpha: Write Without NaNoWriMo [NaNoWriMo Prep]

  1. You’re certainly not the last to hear about it, because this post of yours is the first I’m hearing of it. It sounds like a cool tool, but I doubt I’d use it. I don’t usually bother to keep track of word counts, and only worry about how many words my stories are when it comes to getting them ready to publish (since my pricing system is based on word count).

    1. I think part of the reason as to why NaNoWriMo works so well for me is because I like to see the progress as the word count bar goes up. So I think this would be a good tool for me. I don’t know if I’ll stick with it, but I’m going to try. 🙂

  2. I haven’t heard of it before either. I think if I were going to use it, I’d need to be able to set time goals more often than words too. Maybe I’d set the goal in minutes, and track minutes worked.

    However, since I just found out that NaNoWriMo added a non-NaNo-specific goal tracker to their site earlier this year, and it does have the option of words or time tracked, I will probably just stick with that.

    One thing I didn’t see when I looked at the Wordkeeper Alpha site a little–you said you’d like to have a progress bar on your site. Does this Wordkeeper Alpha offer some way to do that?

    1. Right, there are so many different ways to measure your writing – time, words, chapters, pages, etc. It’d be great if they added in those extra goal bits.

      I didn’t realize NaNo added a tracker. I’ll have to check that out.

      I don’t know. I didn’t explore the website too too much, but I didn’t come across anything like that.

  3. I love the site (I need to do a post comparing it to the excel sheet I was keeping with the same information). My only complaint is that there’s not a mobile app for it. I’m often writing away from home and don’t always have internet access, so the ability to input it via a mobile app would be amazing.

    As for tracking editing and outlining goals, maybe set each “chapter” as a single word? So, say you’re book is 20 chapters, the word tracker would say you have 20 words? It’s an idea at least. I’ve always found ways to manipulate things the way I’d like. 😉

    1. You should do a post on that, I’d like to see that. And I didn’t even think about an app… that’s something they should think about for the future definitely!

      That’s actually not a bad idea! I’ll have to try that out. I’m waiting to officially use it for NaNo and then I’m going to continue it through December and beyond.

      1. Yes. You can add different categories, which I like, so if I had wanted to keep blogging separate from my #Sept100KChallenge, I could have. Best. Thing. Ever.

  4. That sounds awesome. I feel the same way about the progress bars with NaNoWriMo. I’ve searched off and on for a while another tracking program like that and I’m excited to find this one. What genre are you writing in this November? I’m leaving towards a darker fantasy right now. ✨⚡️

    1. Yes, I love watching my progress go up and up and up, lol.
      I’ll be writing fantasy. I’ve written fantasy shorts here and there have had some novel ideas, but haven’t actually pursued them. So this will be an interesting month for me.

    1. What progress bar do you have on your blog, if you don’t mind my asking? I’ve been wanting to add one to my sidebar and haven’t had luck finding any.
      Yes! Good luck to you. I’m Fiery_Sapphire on there if you’re interested in keeping in touch. 🙂

      1. The name is Author WIP Progress Bar and I relly like it. You can see it in the sidebar on my blog.
        I’m Celebcuen of the NaNo site. I’m off to add you to my buddies 🙂

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