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A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 7:54 am
by Nedge
Hi, I had a story in mind to read for a collection, and wanted to make sure the story would be under an hour, which is what is required.

I found this http://wordcounter.net , which tells you how many words, grade level, how long it takes the average person to read, and whether or not it needs spell checking. (I suppose we can ignore that part, since we read "as is.")

Nan

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 11:23 am
by mightyfelix
That sounds handy! I have a couple of word counter scripts saved on my computer, but I love that this tells you about how long it will take!

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 11:40 am
by KevinS
mightyfelix wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 11:23 am
That sounds handy! I have a couple of word counter scripts saved on my computer, but I love that this tells you about how long it will take!
What we need is a 'how long will this recording take to edit' count. Hahah!

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 2:50 pm
by TriciaG
Interesting. I have a little bookmarklet that gives me word count. The speaking duration on this is cool, although I wonder where they got the 180 wpm average speed. That seems awfully fast to me. I always estimate based on 150 wpm.

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 3:01 pm
by mightyfelix
I should start comparing my word counts to finished length. I don't know what my personal wpm averages.

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 3:41 pm
by KevinS
TriciaG wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Interesting. I have a little bookmarklet that gives me word count. The speaking duration on this is cool, although I wonder where they got the 180 wpm average speed. That seems awfully fast to me. I always estimate based on 150 wpm.
I'm lucky to hit 130-40. 150 is probably my fastest speed.

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 4:40 pm
by DACSoft
Interesting topic, and having kept data on my projects, I just had to check my wpm. I'm generally reading at 160 wpm now, although when I started out at LV, I was reading at 175-180 wpm. :) It often varies depending upon the type of work I'm recording (a lot of dialogue vs. and lot of descriptive narrative vs. poetry, etc.).

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm
by KevinS
DACSoft wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Interesting topic, and having kept data on my projects, I just had to check my wpm. I'm generally reading at 160 wpm now, although when I started out at LV, I was reading at 175-180 wpm. :) It often varies depending upon the type of work I'm recording (a lot of dialogue vs. and lot of descriptive narrative vs. poetry, etc.).
Folks speak so very quickly, to my ear, in the central Northeast US. (I've never been to Maine, but I suspect they speak as slowly as we do in Wisconsin.)

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 25th, 2019, 11:19 am
by Nedge
[What we need is a 'how long will this recording take to edit' count. Hahah!]

Kevin, so true! :)

Though I notice that the more I narrate, the less editing time is necessary. When I was a COMPLETE beginner, editing was a bit of a nightmare.

And that once I get tired, the number of mistakes increases, and it's time to stop.

Nan

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 25th, 2019, 11:58 am
by KevinS
Nedge wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 11:19 am

And that once I get tired, the number of mistakes increases, and it's time to stop.

Nan
I have to learn that when I get tired, I should just hang it up for the day. I've been trying to power through some readings and the result is never pretty.

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 25th, 2019, 12:54 pm
by philchenevert
Absolutely! I quit as soon as I begin to feel tired and it makes for much less stress and a better product. Besides, that's a great time for a cup of gumbo. :D

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 25th, 2019, 1:21 pm
by ej400
I use a google doc. Copy and paste, click tools, click word count and done. Then just hit the undo button and start on the next chapter. This is pretty similar. I might use it

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 26th, 2019, 3:41 am
by lurcherlover
Gumbo???

I tend to vary the speed according to the context. At a dramatic moment I speed up beforehand and slow back down once it's past. (AT least that's the theory - but maybe it's wishful thinking ...)

(I'm not able to record at present, but hope I may be able to at some point in the future).

Re: A Helpful Site for Word Count

Posted: August 27th, 2019, 5:37 am
by schrm
TriciaG wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Interesting. I have a little bookmarklet that gives me word count.
i think i was reading your comment somewhere else and looked for this bookmark/javascript? magic?
very very helpful and a big thank you after some months of using it!

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javascript:d=window.getSelection()+''; d=(d.length==0)?document.title:d; alert(d.split(' ').length+' words, '+d.length+' characters');