Scrivener Tips Pt. 1

I’ve recently written about Scrivener templates and different types of content that could be developed using this software. In fact, I’m using it as I write this blog. But for new users, finding information and tracking projects can be confusing. Here’s a short post with a tip to help other new users track their content.

Where Is Everything?

Learning robust software like Scrivener can appear daunting when you first start using it. You jump right in and start creating folders and text containers. The binder isn’t too hard to master and writing is writing.

But how much did you write? How do you set goals and track them? Fortunately, there are tools available in Scrivener that meet these needs.

Words written appear in the bottom bar of Scrivener. This count and amount cover just the container in which you are writing. That’s simple enough. But what if you need more specifics?

The Projects Menu – Project Targets

The answer is the built into Scrivener. Click the Projects menu and then choose Project Targets.

Project Menu 1

Want to set and track goals? Use these Project settings.

Project Menu 2

You’ll note that I’ve set this goal to 500 hundreds and my session target to 500 hundred words. If I were writing more later in this same container (for example, if this were a long scene in a book/chapter), I would have another session goal later. By checking my current session I know if I’ve reached my daily goal if that’s important. So that’s an easy way to know how much I’ve done already and what my goal is.

The Projects Menu – Project Stats

But what about seeing more about my project statistics? On the Projects menu select Project Statistics and this is what’s displayed:

Project Menu 3

You’ll see what the whole project statistics in words and pages. In my example what is showing is my whole Blog 2015 project which is quite new. But if this were a book that total would be more meaningful. For my current purposes I would be concerned with the second displayed section – Selection. This indicates how many words I have in my current blog. At this point, it’s actually several hundred more words than this screenshot but you get the point.

Want to change some of what is displayed? Click the Options tab:

Project Menu 4

The Projects Menu – Text Statistics

Need more information about what you’re writing? Just click the Projects menu again and choose Text Statistics. Click the arrow beside Word Frequency. This displays information about the your word usage which is very handy to see how often you are repeating words.

Project Menu 5

So there are a few tips on viewing and managing your goals and content. Want to read more of my Scrivener-related posts. Check some of my recent posts or click the Scrivener category near the end of this page. And yes, I did meet – and surpassed – my set goal for this post!

The Black Bag by P H SolomonGot any Scrivener tips of your own to share? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Blog Tour – Jessica: Autobiography of an Infant

Jessica had always been haunted by the fear that the unthinkable had happened when she had been “made-up.” For as far back as she could remember, she had no sense of a Self. Her mother thought of her as the “perfect infant” because “she never wanted anything and she never needed anything.” As a child, just thinking of saying “I need” or “I want” left her feeling like an empty shell and that her mind was about to spin out of control. Terrified of who––or what––she was, she lived in constant dread over being found guilty of impersonating a human being.

Jessica by Jeffrey Von GlahnJeffrey Von Glahn, Ph.D., an experienced therapist with an unshakable belief in the healing powers of the human spirit, and Jessica, blaze a trail into this unexplored territory. As if she has, in fact, become an infant again, Jessica remembers in extraordinary detail events from the earliest days of her life––events that threatened to twist her embryonic humanness from its natural course of development. Her recollections are like listening to an infant who could talk describe every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening.

When Dr. Von Glahn met Jessica, she was 23. Everyone regarded her as a responsible, caring person – except that she never drove and she stayed at her mother’s when her husband worked nights.

For many months, Jessica’s therapy was stuck in an impasse. Dr. Von Glahn had absolutely no idea that she was so terrified over simply talking about herself. In hopes of breakthrough, she boldly asked for four hours of therapy a day, for three days a week, for six weeks. The mystery that was Jessica cracked open in dramatic fashion, and in a way that Dr. Von Glahn could never have imagined. Then she asked for four days a week – and for however long it took. In the following months, her electrifying journey into her mystifying past brought her ever closer to a final confrontation with the events that had threatened to forever strip her of her basic humanness.

This excerpt happened a few months after we had started meeting for several hours a day for four days a week. This session format was ideal fertile ground for the deepest feelings to emerge, which, of course, was exactly what we were hoping for. However, neither Jessica nor I ever imagined how deep that experience would be. In the earliest stages, Jessica’s initial reaction to the spontaneous emergence of deeper feeling was, of course, the most intense, and gradually became less so.

This session started as all of them did. She started talking about a recent event that, at least in my mind, didn’t seem all that upsetting. But as she continued talking, long buried feelings started to emerge. One day as this started to happen, she suddenly jumped up and rushed out of the living room, with cries of “I can’t do this!” trailing behind her.

I waited to see if she was going to stop in the kitchen, but I lost the sound of her steps somewhere on the other side of the house. The rattle of a coat hanger catapulted me out of my chair and sent me hurrying through the kitchen to the small utility room. Jessica had her shoes on. She was holding a light jacket in her hand.

I jumped past her and stood with my back against the outer door. The room was so small that I could easily have reached out and touched her with a single step in her direction. Her coat hung limply from her hand. Tears began to trickle out of her eyes. I raised my arms for her to tumble forward, but she stood in place.

“Listen! Please! I can’t do this!” A few moments passed as I smiled at her, hoping she was receiving the warm vibes I was silently sending her way. Her coat fell to the floor. Then her hands slowly transformed themselves into tight fists, and she pressed them against the sides of her head. Fresh words came.

“I couldn’t make anyone love me! Not even my own mom!” Big tears ran down her face, and her body suddenly arched backward. She exclaimed, “If you can’t make your own mom love you…Ow! Ow!” She grasped her head in her hands and finished her agonized cry, “What kind of a person are you?” Instinctively, I nudged her shoulders with my fingers. She collapsed in my arms.

Jessica’s emotional upheavals over who she feared she was repeated themselves once or twice a week for about a month, each time diminishing in intensity. It took only a few of these sessions before she began to hear from other people that she was behaving differently. At a barbecue she had attended where she knew some of the people quite well, there were comments about how real she looked. One person actually said, “You look like a wanting person!”

Jessica had maneuvered her way through life by doing what was expected of her and never failed to do so! Everyone who knew her thought she was extremely responsible. How could they not? That was not the real Jessica, though. Despite how she appeared to others, that was the made-up Jessica with no inner self, capable only of wooden behavior.

Before, no one had been aware of the emotional storms brewing inside her. They had come out only when I was around. I understood why this was so, though I never stopped being amazed at how calm Jessica could appear to others, while being just the opposite with me. Now, however, people were becoming aware of the Jessica who had always been protectively hidden away.

The social gathering at the barbecue had been the occasion for the debut of “the new Jessica.” It had also shown how insidious the ill effects of deeply hurtful experiences can be. Throughout the evening, Jessica had tried hard to enjoy herself. She had chatted with many people, some of whom she had never met before. However, her conscious attempts to engage freely with others had triggered yet another layer of unresolved feelings. As she was telling me about the evening, she suddenly became very frightened and said, “I feel like I did something I wasn’t supposed to do.”

“What was that?” I quickly asked, having not a clue as to what she meant.

“Have a good time!” she answered and cried a little. The fact that she could state exactly what she was feeling, cry about it, and still recognize the experience as positive, impressed me. She was looking forward to her next social event.

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The Bow of Destiny: Official Cover Reveal

Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

Today is a wonderful milestone day for The Bow of Destiny. This epic fantasy series was in my creative thoughts as long ago as my early college days in the mid-80’s. I wrote the original manuscript in the ‘90’s and was offered a contract by a small press at the time. The contract was not right for me so I passed and, since it was a time of change and grief for my wife when her mother died, I laid the manuscript aside for several years.

I kept coming back to the work intending to re-write it and get it published but the project never bore much fruit. About four years ago, I began to take writing seriously again when I found that I had a number of ideas for books and stories lurking in my mind. Since I had so much written for this manuscript I began re-writing it around a busy schedule and a death in my own family. Even though there were a number of distractions – as all of us have – I knew the time was right to publish this series with the recent explosion of self-publishing.

Earlier in the year, I came across a piece of artwork by Chris Rawlins entitled “Robin of Loxley” that caught my attention in his gallery. It fit the motif of my book so strikingly I knew I needed to work with Chris. The result is this cover. Here’s Chris’s bio:

“I have lent my brush to a huge diversity of subject matter and styles. Portrayal of humans, horses, animals, and landscapes, using contemporary and modern techniques have earned admiration, acclaim and a large following. I am passionate about strong compositions, realism, detail, accuracy, dramatic lighting and strong compositions. 

My artworks have been used for numerous book covers, albums and magazines, as well as entire books growing a wide audience of authoritative scholars who respect integrity, as well as faithful patrons and enthusiasts who love the action-packed and emotional style. 

I have a passion for history and art so to bring history to life through my artworks is a dream come true. My approach is to try and put yourself / the viewer there to bring a true-to-life realism that the books of my childhood lacked. Detail of research for any painting is key if you are attempting a realistic representation. I research many of my artworks in detail and travel abroad to battlefield locations, museums and military archives.”

Last week, I provided a sneak peek over my email list and received a very postive reaction to the cover which was more than encouraging. Currently, I am completing a revision of the book while I wait on my editor to begin looking at it first structurally and then in more detail. After these upcoming rounds of editing I anticipate the book being ready for publication at which point I should be able to set a target release date.

While the book is away with the editor I plan to finish the rough draft of the second book entitled, An Arrow Against the Wind, and develop the prequel series, “What is Needed”, into a novella to offer for free as a run-up promotion to the release of The Bow of Destiny. Since I know more about what I’m doing developing book for self-publication I hope to have An Arrow Against the Wind ready later in 2015.

Without further delay, here’s the cover for The Bow of Destiny. Look for changes to my social media accounts that incorporate this as a banner. I will also pin it on my Pinterest account so you can check it out in detail there.

The Bow of Destiny

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

Thanks for stopping by to view the cover and share this milestone with me. I also appreciate Rave Reviews Book Club by Nonnie Jules for their support and recently including me as a VIP member. I look forward to working with them on a Spotlight Blog Tour for the book when the time comes and, of course, their warm, encouraging support. Please share your thoughts in the comments section. A big thanks for Dennis Cardiff for featuring my announcement on RebelMouse. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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