What do all writers have in common? Words. Most of us in an educated society use the same words in a much larger vocabulary. We simply re-arrange the words in different ways to suit our need to communicate to others.
Something else we writers have in common is a curiosity for certain details. One that always seems to be of value to me is the number of words in a document, article, report, or plan. A word count is not the most important element of writing, but it helps to know a little about productivity, focus, succinctness. Here’s a self descriptive writer’s utility that helps.
How To Count Words
Few app titles on my Mac tell more about what a utility actually does than Word Counter. It counts words. There’s an old saying which I remember from my parents. “Performance measured is performance improved.” To get better at what you do, measure what you do.
While I don’t want to focus entirely on how many words I’ve written, knowing the number can help me to focus on that tough-to-master combination of precision and brevity. Word Counter is all about quantity, but with a twist. It captures what you write, when you write, and what you write about (but not the content).
That gives you a quick look at which times of the writing day are the most productive and which are least. Feedback is instant, but metrics over time tell a greater tale. Which environment where you write is the most productive? What is your daily writing volume goal and how does it compare to reality?
Word Counter captures word count on an app-by-app basis so you can see which apps you use the most, which make your the most (or least) productive, and when (think Eisenhower Matrix for time management).
Word Counter has a hefty price tag but can yield notable benefits in your productivity. Nicely done, usable right now, has even more potential for people who write for a living.