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