Get Set…Get Ready…It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

I’m back at the Literature and Latte blog with a tour of the Scrivener NaNoWriMo Template. We take a look at Project Targets and the Binder.

Laying It All Out

I’m at Literature and Latte today with a tour of the new layout feature. To learn more go to

Writing History: A Wakeup Call

“I write daily.” This is a statement I often hear from writers. In fact, I’ve uttered it myself. But what do you write? A Facebook post? A Tweet? A grocery list? Are you slaving away at your work in progress? If you need a wakeup call of how much time you’ve put into your WIP, check out Scrivener’s Writing History feature.

The folks at Literature and Latte know how obsessive writers are about their word counts, hours spent actually writing (not researching, or ruminating about a scene while walking the dog or scrubbing the kitchen floor, but actually butt in chair, fingertips on the keypad typing out words). You can find Writing History  Under Projects in the menubar. Once you’ve clicked on it a popover window will slide open that shows an astonishing amount of data that will either make you feel like an accomplished writer or a dismal failure.

When I reviewed my numbers I was dismayed because I’ve been productive, or so I thought. After examining the data, I see that this feature has counted the words I deleted, how many new ones I wrote while I revised and rewrote a chapter as well as the dry spell  (I am muddling through the middle of my WIP).

Having said that let’s take a look and see what these numbers means.

First off, on the top right hand corner you either show your history in words or characters. Below that you’ll see the number of days you’ve written in that particlar project and any changes that were made—words added or word deleted. Below that, you’ll average words written per day in the draft folder or anywhere else in the binder and the total of the two.

In the window below, there’s the option to select Months Only, Days Only and Months and Day. The default when you first open this feature is Months and Day so we’ll stick to that.  You’ll see the Date the project was opened with the columns of Words written in the Draft Folder, Elsewhere, and the total. Note that March 2018 is bolded that’s the total for the entire month. Negative numbers indicate words that were deleted from your text.

Select a month, April in this example, and you’ll see that I only wrote five days during the entire month. I can select the maximum words I wrote in a day or the average, or minimum. For April  I wrote  46 words with the maximum in a day of 53 words; elsewhere I wrote 1,575 with a maximum in a day  of 1,269. The grand total for the month is 1,621 and the maximum in a day of 1,269.

If you want to access this writing history elsewhere, Scrivener provides the option of exporting the data into an .CSV file that you can open in Excel or another spreadsheet program.

Final thoughts? Yikes! Time to stop saying “I write every day” and actually write!