Why is there a discrepancy between my writing program’s word count and NaNoWriMo’s word counter?

No two word-counting devices are exactly the same, and this does lead to some discrepancies. Please be sure to check your count on our validator prior to the end of the month. We don’t want you to be surprised during last-minute validation.

On NaNoWriMo

To check your writing program’s word counter against ours on NaNoWriMo, click “Check Word Count” in the word-count updater at the top of each page.

On Camp NaNoWriMo

To check your writing program’s word counter against ours on Camp NaNoWriMo, click “Check your official word count” on your current "Edit Project Info" page.

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