Want to learn how to use the Word Count Tracker in Ulysses – then watch this quick 3 minute tutorial on how to set word count goals and see your progress in the Ulysses Writing App.

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Do you have writing goals that you would like to track electronically as you type? Well, Ulysses can actually help you do that and I know that a lot of you may be Scrivenr users and it does have that tool in there. So today I’m going to show you how to use that tool inside of ulysses because it’s not easy to find and honestly it’s not a very intuitive but it’s in there and I actually really like using it, so let’s check it out and see if it’s something that works for you.

Hi everyone. I’m Lisa bestselling co-author of the Snow & Her Seven Seals series. And on this channel we talk all about romance writing specifically for Newbie and aspiring romance authors. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday. Now, today we’re ready to talk about how to set up writing goals. For me. I like to see my word count. I know a lot of people who do nanowrimo enjoy that just because you can see your word count and it does a visual graphical chart for you. That’s why people like infographics, that’s probably people are more excited when they see an image versus just tax people like seeing visual thing. So today we are going to flip the camera around and I’m going to show you how that works.

Now when you come into ulysses, you probably thought like me, you saw this pedometer and you hit it and you thought I can set my word count goals here you cannot. This is actually just telling you historical performance and your progress thus far since using ulysses. So this is great, but you can’t actually input information. You want to go over here to the top right to this paperclip icon, select that, and then it’s going to open up a little popup menu, or I guess I should say fly out menu over here on the right, and you’re going to select the second icon, which is add goal. It looks like a bullseye, and over here you can see I wanted to write 500 words today. I clearly am behind, but it tries to be positive and it says you’ve already written 224 words and they’re due today.

So if I want to change this, I can double click this and then you can set your about at least or at most word count. So I want to say at least, and I’m going to go ahead and assume I’m going to do Nanowrimo this month. So five, oh, one, two, three 50,000 words by October 31st. So I’m going to just click this. Um, yes, I am still going to write on the due date versus I’m going to do it by midnight on the 30th. That’s all that means. So if you unclick that, that means I’m going to write it by midnight on the 30th. If you have this selected right on due date, that means you’ll have it done by midnight on the 31st. So go ahead and once you click done, what’s really nice about this is one, you get the visual a status bar.

So this top blue outline of the circle is your status bar, and over here at the bottom it tells me I need to write at least 2,500 words per day in order to make 50,000 words by the 31st. And I have 19 days left. So I really like this feature. You can actually leave it open while you are while you’re typing a over here on the right so you can see how you’re doing, or if you hit the paper clip one more time, it will hide it so you can toggle that back on and off. Alright, I hope you found that helpful. Leave a comment below. Let me know how ulysses is working out for you and if there’s any other special tips or tricks you’d like me to show you. Until then, I hope everyone’s having a fantastic week and I will see you guys next Monday.