I have participated several times and have made the 50,000-word goal every time. There’s just something about this mix of competition and support from half a million fellow writers that is a great motivator. Part of it is that NaNoWriMo allows you to track the progress in your novel’s word count.
But not every month can be November, so writers have to come up with another way to track their word count for the rest of the year.
It might be a bit geeky, but I keep a spreadsheet for that purpose.
All I have to do is enter a bit of data into the blue columns every day, and my spreadsheet spits out the word count for each day or each writing session and my writing speed (words per hour).
If a spreadsheet like that could help keep you motivated, feel free to download the Excel template.
To read more about how to keep track of your writing goals, take a look at my book Goal Setting for Writers. How to set and achieve your writing goals, finally write a book, and become a successful author