Open Writing. Year 1. Month 1. Day 8.


This is how I will refer to it from now on: SCRIVENER! because a program this awesome deserves all caps and an exclamation point.

This is the application that has lifted about 800 pounds off of my shoulders. Where before I had a single Evernote document with a mixed bag of scenes that was a horror to sift through, I now I have SCRIVENER! And SCRIVENER! allows me to divide my scenes up so easily.

You know what else is easy? They have a built in word count target meter counter thingy. Which I didn’t realize until a bit of the ways through my editing, but this is AWESOME. It will keep track of how many words I’ve deleted, how many I’ve added, AND you can even set daily goals. Even better, you can put in a project deadline, then check how many days per week you want to write, and it will tell you how many words you need to write each day.

So I have no word count for today because I copy-pasted from Evernote and SCRIVENER! thinks I wrote 57,000 words yesterday. I really wrote like thirty, because I was too busy dividing my book up into scenes. I still only know how to use about 2% of the program, but that’s okay because even 2% of SCRIVENER! is better than no SCRIVENER! at all.

The goal for Day 9 is finishing up segmenting the book and then getting 1600 words out to get back on track.

On my mind: SCRIVENER!


Dean Wesley Smith wrote a great post talking about not beating yourself up over not meeting your word count. The TL;DR is basically: the number is arbitrary anyway, so be happy with all you’ve accomplished and just keep moving forward.

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2 Responses to Open Writing. Year 1. Month 1. Day 8.

  1. Casey Friday says:

    SCRIVENER! sounds awesome!!

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