By David Brown
Some people use programs like Scrivener that have a handy built-in word-count calculator that lets you see your daily averages and also how far you have to go before your manuscript will be finished. I work in Word, but I also love spreadsheets, so I've made my own calculator in Excel.
Here's a stripped-down version that can be adapted to most works-in-progress:
[Click here to download my Word Count Calculator.]
Change the values in the green fields, but leave the blue fields alone as these contain the formulas that make the calculator do its job!
Enter your daily word-count values to calculate how many days you have left to go before your first draft is finished.
Let me know if you have any questions :)