I AM HEARTSICK, DEVASTATED, STUNNED AND IN SHOCK! For those of you who don't know--and I'm pretty sure most people don't know--if you use OpenOffice for your writing program, your word count is not correct. I just found out (because of nanowrimo) that OpenOffice counts end-quotes as one word! I KNOW! I couldn't believe it either!
There's nothing I know of that will fix it. To find your actual word count for competitions and for your own (and your editor's information) highlight a set of end-quotes somewhere in your document. Click on the binoculars at the top.(the FIND feature) and cut and paste them into the 'find' category. Hit find all. Cut and past end quotes into 'replace with' and then hit replace all. It will tell you how many times it replaced your end quotes with identical end quotes. Subtract this number from your word count. That will tell you your ACTUAL word count.
Actually, I'm not sure if you'll end up with your actual word count. Who knows what other punctuation marks or spaces they're counting as actual words.
I'm just heartsick about this for personal reasons. Sigh. Everything happens for a reason, right? (I hope)