Scrivener - Project Targets & Name Generator
Today we’ll focus on a couple easy to use and super-helpful features of Scrivener.
The first is Project Targets. This handy little box keeps track of both your progress within the whole project and your session progress.
To get started, go to Project and Project Targets (Windows) or Project and Show Project Targets (Mac). From there you can adjust both your total word goal (or even change it to characters) and your session goal. Scrivener shows your progress with numbers and colored bars. You can move the box wherever you like.
You can also find your word counts by going to Project and Project Statistics.
One other place to find this info is on the bottom bar of the screen, but it depends what you have clicked in the binder. If you’ve highlighted the project folder, the total word count will be displayed. To check the word count of a chapter or scene, click on it in the binder and it will show on the bottom bar.
And then there’s the name generator. If you need a little help naming a character, go to Tools, Writing Tools, Name Generator (Windows) or Edit, Writing Tools, Name Generator (Mac).
You can adjust it with all kinds of options, including name origin, male/female, and first letter. There’s even a tab for first name meanings.
To learn more about Scrivener, head over to the Tools for Writers page.