How do you set draft and session word count targets in Scrivener? Why would you even want to? Laura Bergells shows you how setting draft and session word count targets can help keep you on task and motivated to keep writing.
- [Instructor] Setting draft and session word count targets can motivate you to stay on track with your writing. To explain what I mean, I'm going to use NaNoWriMo as an example. This weird acronym stands for "National Novel Writer's Month." It's an event that takes place every November. The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Well wow, that's a lot of words in a short period of time! To stay on track, a writer might want to set some session and draft targets for the word counts.
Here's how. I'm going to use my Crisis Communication course as an example. It's not a novel, but let's pretend it is. I'm going to click on Project and then Show Project Targets. You can see my target word count for this course was 10,000 words. We see I reached it, and I even surpassed it a little. The thermometer bar indicating my progress, it's full and green. But now that I'm pretending this project is a novel, I'll set a new draft target of 50,000.
I'm going to click where it says 10,000 and simply type in 50,000 words. After I hit Enter, you now see in the thermometer that I am in the red. I have around 40,000 more words to write to reach my novel length target. For my session target, I'm going to set it at 1,667. That means every day in November, when I open Scribner to work on my novel, I will approach the computer with the goal of writing 1,667 words, because 30 days times 1,667 equals 50K, roughly.
Now, let me adjust my options. For my document, I'll set it to only include words I type for a final compilation. I'll do that by selecting this. I'll set my overrun allowance so I can see how many words I've gone over. I'll set my overrun allowance for zero. I'll set my draft target for 11/30, the last day of NaNoWriMo. I can choose notifications if I like, which gives me a little pop up and a noise.
Personally, I find that annoying, so I will leave that unchecked. I can also choose to show the Twitter button. Next, I'll select my session targets. For my session options, I have four choices in the drop-down. I'll select "On next day opened," and I have other choices, but I plan to work on this every day in the month of November, so that's a choice that makes sense for me. And I'll just randomly pick 1:00 AM every day. I don't want to count text written anywhere in the project, I only want to choose it for what I'm actually writing in my editor.
I'm going to allow negatives, because sometimes I start editing too much, so I want to know if I have a negative word count after one day of writing. I can automatically calculate from draft deadline. Let me select that and say, "You know, instead of writing every day, what if I choose not to write on Sundays?" And I will allow writing on the day of the deadline, because I can write on November 30th. I can once again show target notifications, but that gives me a little pop up. You can choose to show that if you'd like.
And, I'll continue to show those Twitter buttons. Now, let me click OK, and see how this is changed. Remember how that was 1,667? Well, now it's 571, and that's because I chose not to work on Sundays, and I'm cheating by starting a little earlier, because it's not November 1st yet. All this may sound a little silly, right? Do I really need games? I'm not a child. But, I find quantifying, gameifying, and rewarding my word count, can keep me motivated through a long and sometimes lonely writing project.
Try setting word count writing goals. See if they help you write. I think they're fun and motivational.
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