NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Scrivener

Scrivener (software)  

I know that several of you use Scrivener to write long form novels, but did you know that Scrivener can also help you plot out a real time word count goals?

 

First, if you do not use Scrivener, it is well worth the $49 for the program.  I have been using it for a year and it has more than helped me stay on track with my deadlines.  If you do not have it, I highly recommend it.  After you have downloaded Scrivener, it is easy to import Word documents right into the program and then divide it up into sections for a more versatile writing experience.

 

Go to Project --> Show Project Targets to produce a cool project word count progress bar that is fully editable.  It tells you how many words you need to write per day to finish by your deadline, adapting even if you do not complete daily goals.  For NaNoWriMo, set the due date at a date that you can comfortably have time for editing and then set the word count at 50,000.

 

Scrivener also automatically formats your document to meet NaNoWriMo standards.  Select File --> Compile and then when the Compile screen pops up, next to Format As, click on the pull down window and select NaNoWriMo (obfuscated) to create a file formatted for the NaNoWriMo submission guidelines.