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Notes in Manuscript & Scrivener Targets

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I'm writing in Scrivener, which is the best. It lets you set a word-count target and a target date, then it'll break down how many words you need to write each day to hit those targets.

But. But! That's not the tip. The tip I want to share is that I've started taking notes in my manuscript. Because I've decided that those notes should count toward my NaNo word-count total, because they are a part of my novel.

I'm suuuper comfortable writing an absolutely terrible first draft (hello, Mighty Ugly). And part of drafting for me is figuring out how to get from Point A to Point Z and all points in between. So instead of feeling stuck because I've never plotted anything before, I've started just making notes in my shitty manuscript. IT COUNTS.

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1) Love scrivener - I usually use 750words.com for morning pages and writing then move it over to scrivener. Added bonus is I have to review what I move due t formatting so a quick edit is mandatory, something I'm terrible at. 

2) Count those NOTES! I count everything I write, notes, additions, callouts for later. Especially since I have kids interrupt and I need to stop super abrupt, I leave a note. COUNTS!

@Kim Werker what features do you LOVE in scrivener? And what don't you use at all? 

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On 11/3/2019 at 3:07 AM, Kuchylm said:

@Kim Werker what features do you LOVE in scrivener? And what don't you use at all? 

Oooh. I could go on and on.

LOVES: Obvs the word-count targets. I also love that I can keep notes (that I'm not counting toward my word-count) in the same doc as my actual manuscript. I love that if I manage to organize sections of my project well, I can easily reorder them without copy/pasting. And I love the complile feature. I wrote Make It Mighty Ugly in Scrivener, and compiling my finished manuscript was so, so satisfying.

I don't even know what kinds of features I don't use in Scrivener. It does so much. I don't use loads of it.

What features do you use, @Kuchylm? And which don't you?

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So far I love the chapters,, obviously the word counts and moving things around as I need. BUT! I do find that I'm not using all of the tools and it's  full utility. I started a walkthrough tutorial and realized I had no idea all the features they mentioned.

Better question is do I need to?

 

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3 hours ago, Kuchylm said:

Better question is do I need to?

Right! This is where I am. Scrivener is so great exactly as I'm using it, even as I don't have a clue about most of its features. But it's working for me! So I'm not worried about the other features.

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