Month: September 2017

Curated Writing Content

Ok, a little late today but it’s been very busy – enjoy what we’ve been reading over at Story Empire this week!

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Content Curation globalHappy Friday, SEers. Another week down, another week of great content curated for you from around the web.

If you missed the Story Empire posts this week, you can find them here. On Monday, Harmony taught us about a beta program called Blasty that’s helping her combat online piracy. And on Wednesday, Joan talked about how to properly use a prologue.

And now, here are the rest of the articles we found:

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The White Arrow Release News: Support Request

Hi everyone! The White Arrow will release on 10/3 – next Tuesday! The day is fast approaching. Release days are exciting and fun. I’m planning a lot of activities but I need some help getting the word out. I need 100 (more than that are welcome!) people to support my announcement that goes out next Tuesday via Thunderclap.

Please take a few moments to click over to my announcement page on Thunderclap and add your support to my crowdspeaking effort. When the message goes out, it will send a social media blast to a large number of people. Your help is appreciated and I hope everyone will drop by this site on Tuesday to have a look at the release festivities and see what the book if you haven’t pre-ordered it already. Feel free to share or reblog this post so more people will have a chance to support the message.

I’ll post more about my release day schedule tomorrow and over the weekend so check back for those details.  Click on this link for more information about The White Arrow.

Also, I have one other small tidbit to ask. The Bow of Destiny has been short-listed for Book of the Month over on I also need support there so if you have another moment, please click on the link and support The Bow of Destiny with a vote. I appreciate the help on both of these efforts.

Scrivener Tips Pt. 1: Tracking Progress

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.

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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!

Got any Scrivener tips of your own to share? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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