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How To Increase Your Writing Productivity with the Project Targets Feature within Scrivener

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Course

    • 2. Your Class Project for the Course

    • 3. Setting Daily Writing Targets

    • 4. Project Targets in Scrivener

    • 5. A Closer Look at Scrivener's Project Targets

    • 6. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up

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How To Increase Your Writing Productivity with the Project Targets Feature within Scrivener is actually the fourth class in the Scrivener Simplified series on Skillshare (see a full list of the classes below), which is aimed at Self-published Authors, Content Creators & Other Writers, who are looking to increase their writing productivity by using Scrivener effectively.

In this particular class, you will learn about:

  • The Importance of Setting Daily Writing Targets 
  • How to Use the Project Targets Feature within Scrivener

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

Scrivener Simplified Series

1). Why You Should Write Your Next Book in Scrivener & How to Import a Word File

2). How to Setup the Research for Your Book with the Research Folder in Scrivener

3). How To Keep On Top of Your Writing with the Project and Text Statistics within Scrivener

4). How To Increase Your Writing Productivity with the Project Targets Feature within Scrivener

5). How to Setup the All-important Front and Back Matter of Your Book within Scrivener

6). How to Save Time and Money Formatting Your eBook Using the Compile Feature within Scrivener

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David ✏ Ault

The Writer Teacher


A Little Bit More About Me

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our Ragdoll, Blue.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last two decades, I have written non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various inter... See full profile

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1. An Introduction to the Course: Hello there. My name is David James or on I would like to welcome you to this skill share class which shows you how to increase your writing productivity with the project targets feature within Scriven, the class is actually the fourth part of the Scriven. A simplified Siri's which is aimed at self published authors, content creators and other writers who are looking to increase their writing productivity by using scripting are effectively in this particular class. You, uh the importance of setting daily writing targets and how to use the project targets feature within Scriven. So go ahead and enrolled in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the side. 2. Your Class Project for the Course: Hello. In this short video, I am going to talk about your class project for this close. Quite simply, once you have completed each of the lectures in the class, I would like you to set a realistic daily word count target for your next book and then to let us know about it within the Project gallery. And don't forget to factor in rest days, holidays and weekends, etcetera. So that you're writing schedule is as realistic as possible. Good luck with your project. And I look forward to seeing your projected word count in the project gallery soon. 3. Setting Daily Writing Targets: The setting of daily writing targets is also an important habit to get into as it gives you a mini gold to achieve each day, and these many objectives soon add up the writing target that you set should be realistic and based on a number of things, the time that you have allocated for your writing, the speed of your typing and, of course, how quickly you are actually able to write your story. I suggest that you begin by setting a target that you feel is totally achievable and then slowly but surely increasing that target over time until you reach a word count that is more challenging. There's still very doable. And once you have reached your optimal world count and they are achieving it day after day , you will be surprised and no doubt delight it to discover how quickly that first draft is getting written. Now, Scrivener has a number of tools built in to help you achieve your word count targets, you are able to toggle between project statistics and the text statistics from the current document that you were writing in and also project targets 4. Project Targets in Scrivener: the project targets feature shows you the word count target that you have set up for your entire manuscript and also for that particular session with a cool looking progress bar graphically showing you the progress you have made for both. I find that this Progress bar helps to hold me accountable to what I have set out to write in both that session and for my entire book. However, if the project target feature in scrivener is not hard core enough for you, then you might want to check out the website, right or die, which aims to eliminate writer's block by providing consequences for procrastination and rewards for accomplishment. Scrivens project target works just fine for me, but it might be that the more extreme encouragement that right or die provides will work better for you. 5. A Closer Look at Scrivener's Project Targets: in this video, I'm going to show you the project targets feature and Scriven ER, which perhaps is a little bit more to it than you may 1st think. You can access project targets by first clicking on project in the menu bar and then scrolling down to show project targets. Alternatively, you can click on this little archery target icon like so, Project targets basically allows you to set the number off words, characters or pages the U. N to achieve for either the whole draft of your book or just for that current session. The title here reflects the title that you have chosen in the main folder of your binder. I think this defaults to draft or perhaps manuscript, depending on the template you use. But as you can see, I have changed the name of my folder two time school, and this time school is also written here in the Project Target Box. There is a progress bar for both your manuscript target and the session target, which gives a graphical representation off the progress you are making overall in your first draft and also in that particular days writing session, and I find that this Progress Bar actually helps to hold me accountable and make sure that I'm reaching my targets, especially the session target. On a day to day basis. I tend to enter in a word count rather than a character count or a page count. And here you can see that my word count target for the first time school novel was 32,000 words, just over 29,000 of which have Bean written. And so my Progress Bar has turned a nice green color to signify that I'm approaching my target now. If I was to click on edit and changed the target word count toe, let's say 560,000 words. Let's say I'm writing War and Peace Part two. You'll see that the Progress Bar changes to rate is that 29,000 words? I have, in fact, only completed approximately 5% of the manuscript, and by default, the Progress bar changes color from rate through orange to green. Depending on the percentage of the manuscript you have completed. However, you can actually change the colors of the progress by yourself in preferences. You just need to go to the appearance tap and then go down to the customizable colors section, and here at the bottom, you can click on the target process bars option. And there you are presented with a start color, which defaults to rate an end color, which defaults to green on a midway color, which defaults toe orange or amber, I suppose, as this looks reminiscent of the colors for a set of traffic lights, but let's say I want to be a little bit different. My favorite color is blue, so I'm going to change the colors. Two different shades of blue. The start color can be a light blue. The midway color can be a medium shade of blue, and the end color can be a dark blue like so. And if we now go back to my war in peace part two, you'll see that the light shade of blue signifies that I still have a long way to go before I complete my book. But let's change that word count to a more reasonable 50,000 words, and we can now see that the color changes to the midway color. We shows me the time over half way, and I'm making solid progress and finally If I returned to the original word count of 32,000 words, I get the dark blue color, which shows the time on the home straight and nearly there. The session target bar works in exactly the same way. Of course, your word count here will largely depend on how quickly you right and how much time you have available for that particular session. Let's say I have scheduled the entire morning for writing my novel and have set a session target of 2000 words. And then, as I write a scene throughout the morning, I will be able to watch my Blue Progress Bar grow darker and darker as I get closer and closer to writing the 2000 words. So that is the basics of scrutinize project targets covered. But you'll notice that there is also an options button here, which allows you to expand the functionality somewhat when actually turns project targets into quite a powerful tool. Before I show you what you conduce you, I'm going to increase my manuscript target to an average novel word. Count off, Let's say 90,000 words, that's better. So the Progress Bar has turned light blue and then, if you click on options, you can, for example, set a deadline for when your first draft must be completed. So here, within the draft target section, I'm going to set that deadline to a month from today, which would make it the 16th of November. Obviously, this is a British former calendar. And then, if I go down to the session target section, I can click on the tick box next to automatically calculate from draft deadline and in turn . This then allows me to choose the days that I'm going to be writing on. So let's say that I plan to spend the weekends with my family, and I'll only be writing on weekdays so I can click on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And I should also include the day of the deadline as a day when I can write. Then when I click, OK, have a look at what happens. Scriven has gone away and worked out that in order to achieve my target word count by the deadline I have set and only writing Monday to Friday, I shall need to write 2771 words per day. It also reminds me of my deadline and, of course, how many days are left until the deadline. Now, in my opinion, that is a pretty impressive feature, an invaluable during the likes of nanowrimo. For example, you may well have noticed the allow negatives box there in the options and might be wondering exactly what that is. Basically, let's say that within a particular session you write 1000 words of a scene. But during the session you realize that you're not at all happy with a part of the scene you have written prior to that session and you decide to delete 2000 words. If the allow negatives boxes ticked, then your session word count would show as minus 1000. However, if you left the box UnTech, your word count will not show below zero come what may. But of course, this would also mean that your net count would be inaccurate if you happen to delete a lot of the text. So my advice would be to keep that box ticked. You are also able to decide at what point a session is reset to zero within the options so you can choose to research session count at midnight. Reset session count on project close. Reset session count on next day opened or never automatically reset session counts. Which is the option I choose as I prefer to manually reset the counter before I begin writing. Okay, I think that about wraps up this video on the project targets feature in Scrivener. I think you'll agree that this is quite a powerful little feature for increasing your writing productivity. And if you are not already doing so, then I hope you will begin to take advantage of project targets within scrivener in the future. 6. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up: I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for completing the course. I hope you got a lot out of it. And if so, please take the time to leave a positive review as it really would mean a lot to me. I also hope that you'll take the time to complete the class project and posted to the Project Gallery. Don't forget that this class is just one of a series of classes about scrivener, so please make sure you check out the remaining classes in the Siri's are really liked the community it skill share and will certainly be adding many more classes in the coming weeks and months. So it might be worth following me in order that you don't miss out when I release a brand new class. And if you have any questions about this course or any of my other courses, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Just drop me a line via the contact form on my website, how to publish an e book. I really would love to hear from you