A word-count dragon, kitten, doggie, pheonix, pet, or anything similar is a type of fictional creature or character used to motivate NaNoers to write every day. Usually, one makes up their pet's personality and appearance and decides how many words per day it needs to eat. When the pet's caretaker writes, they imagine they the words they write feed their adorable little charges. If the writer fails to write, though, their word-count pet can get very hungry... or worse.
Sometimes, on various forum threads, people fill out roleplay-style character forms for word-count animals and let other people "adopt" them.
An Animal Form ExampleEdit
Type of animal: Phoenix
Words needed to eat per day: 200
Looks/color: Yellow and black
Personality: Strange, loud, crazy, and will get angry when not fed.