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Tech Talk: Setting Up Scrivener’s Word Counter

 

  • With your Scrivener project open, click ProjectShow Project Target.show project targets
  • The project word tracker will appear in the lefthand side of your Scrivener project. By default, the targets are going to be set to 0.word tracker
  • “Edit” allows you to change the total word count (ex: 50,000 words), and “Options” will allow you to select the days you want to write and auto-calculate the words per day.options screen
  • You’ll want to leave “Count text written anywhere in the project” NOT checked.  Make sure you leave the top 2 options checked. This will only count what’s written in the Manuscript section of the binder and not any miscellaneous research, notes or outlines, etc. that you include elsewhere in the project.

If you basically leave these settings alone, you’re going to end up with a useful word counter that turns colors as you get closer to your word count.

Any questions?  Leave a comment and let’s talk.
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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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