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Scrivener 101 | How to Set Realistic Goals in Scrivener

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If you know anything about me at all, you probably know that setting goals is kinda my thing. So, imagine my joy when I realised that Scrivener lets me set word count goals for each writing session and my whole draft!

It’s the best thing since my lemon and pistachio candle*. Naturally, I’m all over it.

And the best thing for you is that this post won’t take you any time to read at all, because it’s that easy.

*which is pretty good, so.
Scrivener 101 | How to Set Realistic Goals in Scrivener

In your shiny new Scrivener project, you can set your manuscript word count goal as well as your individual session goal. You can change both at any time if you realise that you’ve set them too high or too low.

Be realistic when you set it. If you’re not sure how much you can write in one session, set it low to begin with and adjust it as you get to know your limits.

All you have to do is select Project from the top bar, go down to Project Targets…

How to Set Goals in Scrivener | Walkthrough

… and it will open this window, where you can then set your goals:

How to Set Goals in Scrivener | Example

The most satisfying thing for me is watching the colour of my progress bar change as I add words. The closer you get to your goal, the greener it gets, which is excellent motivation!

I’ve set the manuscript target to 0 so you can see the difference:

How to Set Goals in Scrivener | Example

And that’s all there is to it! Setting goals and keeping track of your progress couldn’t be easier with Scrivener.

If you’d like to give Scrivener a shot but aren’t convinced it’s for you, I recommend you give the free trial a go. You can use it for 30 non-consecutive days, which gives you plenty of time to go through the tutorial and make a decision.

Alternatively, you can buy Scrivener here:

How to Set Goals in Scrivener | Buy Scrivener for iOS
for iOS
How to Set Goals in Scrivener | Buy Scrivener for Windows
for Windows

You might also like:

How to Set Goals in Scrivener | Further Reading: Is Scrivener Right For You?
How to Set Goals in Scrivener | Further Reading: How to Create a New Project in Scrivener

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  1. I’ve not been able to use Scrivener and I can’t at the moment. But that kind of feature is really cool, it’s useful and encouraging. Thanks for showing us Sarina πŸ™‚

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      It’s one of my favourite features. Never mind all those other really cool things Scrivener can do XD

  2. Hi Sarina! I’ve been checking out your blog, and I think you would be a good fit for a monthly author blog hop that I run. It’s called #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, and about 30 of us post on the theme of learning and resources for authors the third Wednesday of every month. I started the hop three years ago as a way for authors to both learn from one another and gain traction on the web, because the hop is also about reciprocal commenting/liking, and we share one another’s posts around social media. Anyway, more info about the hop is below, and whether you join or not, I look forward to coming across more of your posts in my feed! πŸ™‚

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Ooh, that sounds interesting! I’ll read some more on your site and will probably sign up πŸ˜€ Thanks for reaching out!

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