Want to know how many words you added to (or deleted from) your MS today? Need to see how close you are to your total word count goal? My favorite way to do this in Scrivener is via Project Targets, especially now that it’s more customizable than the 1.x version.
The Project Targets feature lets you set an overall project target (of words, characters, or pages), as well as a target for your writing sessions.
Set Project Targets
1. From the Project Menu, select Show Project Targets.
2. Under the Manuscript Target progress bar, click in the number box after the word “of” to enter a target for the entire manuscript. To change from words to characters or pages, click the double arrow button and select your preference.
3. Follow the same steps to set a session target.
4. The progress bar will fill and change color (in graduated shades from red to green) as you progress.
Project Target Options (Mac only for now) [Updated 10/23/12]
You can change which documents count toward your progress and how you’re notified by clicking on the Options button while in the Project Target window.
The Draft Target section applies to your entire manuscript.
- The first option will only count words written in documents that have the Include in Compile box checked (see the Meta-Data pane in the Inspector).
- The second option will only count documents selected to compile in your Compile Manuscript settings (chosen in the Contents pane of the Compile window during your last compile).
(I recommend leaving both of these unchecked so you don’t have to worry about counts changing if you compile a partial.)
- The Deadline option allows you to input the date that you need to reach your goal.
The Session Target options apply only to the current writing session (from the time you open the project until you close it, or from the last time you hit the Reset button), and provides a net word count for the session.
- The reset drop-down menu lets you choose if/when Scrivener will reset your session count. If you tend to work late, or don’t take note of your progress until the next day, I recommend choosing to Never Automatically Reset Session Counts.
- The first checkbox in this section lets you count words written anywhere in the project, even outside of your Manuscript/Draft folder, even those not checked to Include in Compile. That means character sheets, notes, etc…
– Allow negatives lets you have a net word count below zero. So, if you write 100 words and delete 200 words, your session word count would be −100. If you uncheck the box, your word count won’t go below zero no matter what.
– Automatically calculate from draft deadline lets you choose a deadline and let Scrivener determine how much you need to write each day to meet it. For this to work, you must have a date entered in the Deadline field of the Draft Target section above.
- Use the day of the week buttons to select those days that you intend to work.
The last section applies to both type of targets.
- Show Target Notifications is available for those using Mac OS X Mountain Lion. If not, you can use Growl, which requires that you have Growl installed. Growl is a pop-up window program for notifications. If you select this option, a small pop-up will appear when you reach your target.
- Show Twitter Button will force the Twitter button to display on the Project Targets window, if selected. Then, you can tweet your progress right from the Project Targets window.
In addition to project and session targets, Scrivener also lets you set targets for each specific document and displays your progress in the status bar at the bottom.
1. To start, select the document you want to set a target for.
2. Click the circular target icon in the right of the status bar at the bottom of the document.
3. Enter the target count and select the type of target (words, chars).
4. If desired, choose to use notifications.
5. Click OK.
The word count/target and a colored progress bar are now visible in the status bar.
Enjoy shooting for those targets. May you have many words to track!