Using Scrivener to Hit My Word Target

As I mentioned in my blog about my art, I have taken a break from writing plays and set myself the challenge of writing an adventure story aimed at pre-teens (or Middle Grade fiction, as it is often known).

Packed full of tools

Packed full of tools

I am of course using my favourite writing tool, Scrivener. I love this program – it’s packed full of great features that enable me to store reference material, plotlines and character descriptions all in one place, so that I can look at them quickly and easily.

However, it has another useful tool which I’m only just beginning to make use of – the word count button.

Keeping an eye on the number of words I wrote wasn’t that important when scripting a play. But as this is a book for children aged 9 – 12, I want to limit myself to 1,000 words per chapter – to maintain the pace and keep those young readers interested.

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So I press the word count button in the bottom right of my work screen and up pops a window in which I set the number of words.

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Then as I write I can see at a glance how close I am to reaching my target number of words – and know I have to work up to a cliff-hanger for the end of the chapter.

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A simple tool – but very useful.

About philmansell

I'm a writer, photographer, illustrator and film-maker with a Masters degree in Multimedia & Information Design from the University of Wales, Newport. I'm also volunteer PR Officer with Newport Playgoers Society who own and run the city's 400-seater Dolman Theatre. I trained at the London Film School where I specialised in script-writing, directing and animation, and had three films screened at the National Film Theatre. After teaching film-making, photography and art, I moved into the world of advertising and PR and was a professional writer. My play 'According to Claudia' was selected by Newport Playgoers Society to launch their 92nd season. It won the Award for Theatre Show of the Year 2014 presented by lifestyle and entertainment magazine Voice. It has since been published by Silvermoon Publications and is available from Amazon. Other plays I have had published include 'Poor Yorick', 'Bunkered' and 'Caddying for Godot'. Previously my one act play 'Poor Yorick' was a winning entry in a competition run as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project and was performed at both the 400-seat Dolman Theatre and Blackwood Little Theatre. Another play, 'Bunkered', was one of the winning entries in a competition judged by Welsh playwright Frank Vickery.
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