That’s a frustration of working with word processors like Microsoft Word and Pages, and an unnecessary one for our purposes.
They tend to cause a lot of frustration when trying to export your words out of their proprietary file format, which quickly makes these additional tools more trouble than they’re worth.
All of these options and tools can also get in the way of your writing by encouraging you to tinker with layout options instead of putting words on the page.
Many a writer has succumbed to what Steven Pressfield calls by fiddling with font settings instead of doing the work.
For example, you can set your sheet’s goal to be something specific, like at least 1,000 words, or more generic, like about 10,000 characters.
Here are the progress metrics you can select from when setting a writing goal:if your writing needs to meet certain maximum or minimum criteria.
These typically don’t translate well on export, so they have limited value unless their proprietary file formats are in fact your ultimate creative destination.
And having to support all of these functions and features comes at a price, resulting in a cluttered and cramped writing interface.
You can also set a deadline if you have to finish your writing project by a specific date.
Check the box to add a deadline and select it from the date picker, and Ulysses will automatically calculate the amount of text you have to write each day to finish in time.