What are the different methods of updating my word count?

On the NaNoWriMo site, you have two options for updating your word count. You can:

  1. Update your total word count.
  2. Add to your total word count.

To select one of the options above:

  1. Sign into your nanowrimo.org account.
  2. Create a novel for the current NaNoWriMo event.
  3. At the top of any page in in November, you'll see a + icon. Click it to reveal your word-count updater. Next to the number field, you can switch your word-count updating option.


1. Update your total word count.

This option allows you to update your total word count for your novel so far.

For example, if you've written 100 words, you would input "100" into the word-count update field.

If you write another 150 words for a total of 250 words, you would input "250" into the word-count update field.

2. Add to your total word count.

This option allows you to add the words you've written since your last update to your total word count.

For example, if you've written your first 100 words, you would input "100" into the add-to-total field.

If you write another 150 words, you would input "150" into the add-to-total field.

Then, our word-count updater would add that to your total word count, and display your current total of 250 words.

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