How To Keep On Top of Your Writing with the Project and Text Statistics within Scrivener | David ✏ Ault | Skillshare

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

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Course

    • 2. An Overview of Project Statistics and Text Statistics

    • 3. Your Class Project for the Course

    • 4. A Closer Look at Project Statistics within Scrivener

    • 5. A Hidden Gem within the Text Statistics Feature

    • 6. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up

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About This Class


How To Keep On Top of Your Writing with the Project and Text Statistics within Scrivener is actually the third 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:

- Both the Project Statistics and Text Statistics within Scrivener
- A Hidden Feature to Improve Your Writing within Scrivener’s Text Statistics

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 Ought and I would like to welcome you to the skill share class, which shows you how to keep on top of your writing with the project and text statistics with Scriven. The class is actually the third part of the script in a simplified Siri's, which is aimed at self published authors, content creators and other writers. They were looking to increase their writing productivity by using scribble effective. And in this particular class you will learn both projects, statistics and text statistics within scrivener and a hidden feature to improve your writing with Scribner's text statistics to go ahead and enrolled in my class, and I look forward to seeing you a lean side. 2. An Overview of Project Statistics and Text Statistics: the project Statistics feature shows you the statistics for your entire manuscript as well as the statistics for the document, usually a sub chapter in nonfiction. On a scene in fiction that you're currently working on. You have shown the number of words that you have written for both, as well as the number of characters in the number of pages for paperback and print. The text statistics from the current document then go into further detail as well as showing the words and characters. It also shows you the number of paragraphs, the number of lines and the word frequency, which is a great feature to make sure that you're not using a particular word too many times in one scene. 3. Your Class Project for the Course: Hello. In this short video, I'm going to talk about your class project to this course. Quite simply, Once you have completed each of the lectures in the class, I would like you to analyze a piece of text that you have written are using the word frequency function to determine if you are perhaps guilty off word repetition. You should Then let us know within the project gallery. If there is a word that you feel you have used too often. Good luck with your project. And I look forward to seeing the word repetition, but you were guilty off in the project gallery soon. 4. A Closer Look at Project Statistics within Scrivener: We should begin by looking at the project statistics, and you can access the project statistics by first clicking on project in the menu bar and then scrolling down to project statistics. Alternatively, you can click on this little bar graph icon like so Project statistics provide you with word, character and page counts that everything located in your draft folder, which, as you can see, I have actually renamed to Time School. And if I click on the Time school Book one folder and then click on the Project Statistics Icon, we should be able to see a number of different statistics. The first set of statistics shows the different counts for the entire book, while the second set of statistics shows the counts for that particular selection. At the moment, I have the entire book selected. So currently, both sets of statistics of the same. If, however, I want to check out the different counts that this chapter entitled The Vortex, you can see that the project statistics for Time school remain the same. But the statistics for the selection have changed. Likewise. If I was to click on an individual scene, you can see that the selection statistics change again, or if I was to choose a couple of the scenes in the chapter, I'm now able to see the counts for both of these two scenes combined. So let's go back to the chapter once more and actually have a look at the statistics. In more detail, you are presented with number of words, the number of characters on the number of pages you're also presented with account for paperback pages. So for this particular chapter, it is showing a paperback page count of 12 pages, and this number is actually based upon how many words per page you have set up in the option for a single page of a paper bag. We should go to the options and check that out. And as you can see, the default number for a page in a paperback book is set of 350 words. But let's say you're writing a book for Children with a large font and is quite a small former size, and you estimate to 250. Words would be more accurate, so you could change 350 words per page here to just 250 words. And then, if we go back to the statistics once more, we can see that the number of pages is re calculated from 12 pages, 2 17 pages. If we put back into the options again, you will notice that there are other settings that you can change, such as whether you want to include footnotes, fear entire book or not. And then, if you would like to exclude footnotes for that particular selection and or excludes comments and annotations. So in other words, you were able to drill down and see exactly how much of the meat of the story has been written. 5. A Hidden Gem within the Text Statistics Feature: as well as projects, Statistics Scriven. It can also show you text statistics and this has a great feature within it. To access the text assist ICS, you simply click on Project in the Menu bar and then scroll down to text statistics. As you can see take statistics are only available when you are within a document or a seen as I call them rather than a folder or what I call a chapter. So if I click on the scene, the wanderer returns, you will see the text statistics a now available. Likewise, the icon for tech statistics, which is this bar graph within a document, becomes active when I am clicked on a document but in active when I'm clicked on the folder . So if we click back onto a document, let's see the scene. The Wanderer returns and then click on the text statistics icon. Now we're not just seeing the number of words and the number of characters. Scrivener is showing more detailed statistics, such as the number of characters without spaces, the number of paragraphs, the number of hard lines of text on the number of soft lines of text. But it is this feature at the bottom that I personally find very useful indeed, word frequency. And if we click on the little arrow like so we are presented with a list off a words that have been used in this particular document, that is to say all the different words that I have Britain for this scene in the book. Not only does it list the words, but it also tells you how frequently you have used a particular word. So obviously words like the and at etcetera will have been used lots of times, and that's okay. But here you can make sure that you are not over using now owns or unnecessary words. For example, I know I am often guilty of using the word that too often so I can have a look and make sure that it is not the case in this particular scene. And what makes this feature really powerful is that you can reel to the lists either in alphabetical order like so or by word count and frequency, which are basically the same thing. Just that frequency provides you with a graphical representation off the word count and Walla I can see straightaway that I perhaps used the word that too many times in this scene , and I can go back and revisit this scene and check if that is, in fact, the case. And if I scroll down, I can see the first noun in the list is, in fact, the main protagonists name Tara, which I suppose is quite logical. Then Adam, another character and then Troy. It's another character, so that is OK and Lily, who is a force character. But the first now that is not a character's name is the word house, which is being used a total of nine times, and from a total of only 1891 words. That is probably too many times. So I can now go back through the scene and check if the word houses being used too often and if so, come up with other words, such as home abode, dwelling etcetera, depending on the context. Okay, I think that about wraps up this video on both projects, statistics and text statistics within Scrivener. I think you'll agree that, especially word frequency is a useful little feature within Screnar. And if you're not already doing so, then I hope you'll begin to take advantage of these different statistics 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