Both myWriteClub and Pacemaker are amazing resources if you’re trying to set a goal, with a deadline, and stick to it. Both of them are websites that give up the capability to set a goal of a certain amount of words by a certain time (e.g. 50,000 words by November 30th 2016.). I use both of them and love them both for different reasons.
I love myWriteClub because it has a very clean, simple, non-distracting design which comes in handy because it also includes the ability to sprint with others around the globe or to set a custom sprint. I’ve learned that I write best when I’m just getting the words down and completing against other word counts.
There are a handful of pros and cons:
Pro – Once you figure the website out it’s pretty simple.
Pro – It’s completely free, you just have to sign up.
Pro – You can follow and connect with other writers.
Pro – There doesn’t appear to be a limit to how many projects you can do.
Con – It’s still in beta and it’s a bit difficult to navigate at first. Spending time familiarizing yourself with the website would be a good idea.
Con – You can’t currently customize your plan, beyond the basics.
Pacemaker also has a pretty clean, non-distracting design. I find that Pacemaker is the better tool to use when I want to completely customize my plan. There are so many options that you can use to keep your writing goal from seeming daunting. I used it during NaNoWriMo and exceeded the goal word count with a bit over 51k. It was my first NaNoWriMo too! It was encouraging to see that i didn’t really have to write enormous amounts every day to win (I wound up doing so anyway though.).
Pro – It’s free, for the most part, all you have to do is sign up.
Pro – You can completely customize your plan.
- choose how to update word count
- choose a strategy
- choose type of project
- make overall goal or daily target
- display word count three different ways… etc.
Con – The free service only allows you two projects at a time, I believe. As someone who is currently working on 5 projects this spring, it can be a bit annoying.
Con – You can’t sprint with others or follow other people on the site.