You spoke – we listened. Based on suggestions from numerous users, we’ve introduced LivingWriter Writing Goals.
You can now add word goals for individual chapters, or for your entire story. If you set a deadline for when you want your story or chapter to be complete, then LivingWriter will automatically calculate your daily word goal in order for you to reach your overall goal. You can even select days off, that way your daily word goal will be spread out evenly over the days that you intend to write.
That’s good news for those of you with deadlines like the National Novel Writing Month contest which challenges you to write your novel in one month.
But, even if you don’t have a deadline for your work you should still make goals for yourself.
Why you ask? According to studies, you’re actually 42% more likely to reach your goals if you write them down. Or in our case, set them in LivingWriter!
It all has to do with how your brain works. If you think about your goals then you’re only using the right hemisphere of your brain. But if you write them down then you’re also using the left hemisphere which is the logical part of your brain.
Another way it affects your actions is that we process visuals 60,000 times faster than having to imagine things, based on a recent study by the 3M Company. Setting your goals in LivingWriter means you can visually see them. This is an important point because when we see something, it affects how we act. You’re more likely to be productive if you can see what you have to do, instead of just thinking about it.
Setting your goals is also a way to reduce stress! Just by setting the goal in LivingWriter, you’re keeping it from swarming around in your head and keeping you up at night!
To access Writing Goals, click on the Bullseye (target) icon inside your chapter OR click on your Word Count located on the toolbar. This will allow you to be able to set your goals and deadlines and hopefully meet them! If you don’t, don’t stress; you can always change your goals at any time. Part of being a creative person is never being on time with anything.