Counting your words

The number of words you write is important. It helps you know your progress, it helps you balance out your chapters. We track every word you write, and make it easy for you to see how you’re getting on as you type.

Chapter and Novel Word Counts

You can see both your chapter word count and novel word count at all times while writing in Novlr. It’s at the bottom right hand side of the screen.

The format is as follows: ‘XXX / XXXX words’. The first number is the chapter count and the second the total novel count. If you hover on the chapter count it tells you how many you’ve written in this chapter today, and if you hover on the second one it tells you how many words you’ve written in the whole novel today.

Total words

We also count your total words across all Novels – that total is available in the statistics you find in the Account Settings.


This feature is now Live!

9 replies
  1. xxx says:

    Everything is very open ѡith a really clear clarification of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is very hеlpful.
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    • Clare says:

      Thank you for your positive feedback, we really appreciate it. So glad you like Novlr and if there is anything we can do to make it even better, just let us know!

  2. Danielle Davis says:

    As a more customized aspect of the Word Count functionality, it would be really helpful to be able to highlight a section of text and have the bottom Word Count display show the number of words in the highlighted section. Though I know each chapter displays that chapter’s WC out of the entire novel’s total word count, this highlighted WC could just change the chapter WC for the duration of the highlight. Once the text was unhighlighted, the WC number would go back to displaying the chapter WC.

    • Kimber says:

      I was just going to suggest this, too. I would very much like to highlight text and get a word count as well as a character count (like MS Word can do) for the highlighted text.

  3. Matt Wilkinson says:

    Could we get an ‘editing mode’ for novels going through a second draft? Stats are currently great for when you’re writing your book, but if it’s a second draft, your word counts aren’t really needed. It kind of looks a little like you’re slacking off with low word counts. 😀 I suggested elsewhere that a drafts feature would be great for making a copy of the original draft to work on. Maybe this feature could be linked to that, so if the app knows you’re working on a second draft of a novel, the stats change to reflect that? Words changed stats and words added/subtracted might me nice.

    • Clare says:

      Hi Matt. Nice idea with the separate draft stats – once we get these stats teething issues over with, we’ll be in a stronger place to look into it 🙂

  4. Clare says:

    Suggestion from Eleanor via email: I’d like to request that in a future update there be a way to decide what is or isn’t going to get counted, or be a way that when goals go live, they account for things pasted in.

  5. Helena says:

    Would love to also have character count! (not necessarily in every place there’s word count, but just one total sum in the novel stats would be awesome)


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