Trying to meet word counts, especially for the National Novel Writing Month, you might find yourself falling behind for a number of reasons. A tip I find most helpful is to use writing bursts. Sit with a timer for 10-15 minutes and write as much as you can in that given time. You can always edit later.
Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die online service offers a perfect timer for writers, adding consequences should you not meet a word count goal. You can opt to not have word count goals as well, if you can’t stand the pressure.
Other online timers:
Online Stopwatch– counts up as a stop watch or counts down with an alarm. This can be added to your IGoogle start page.
Meditation Timer works a bit more softly, using a knocking sound to indicate the start, and a soft bell sound to end.