I ended up recreating this problem last night and then this morning my writing history was “missing” 1,000 words which threw me. And to the internet forum I went! But then I read your post, made perfect sense and set out to play around with it and find out how to delete words without disrupting your word history.
So in my case I recently updated to Scrivener 3 and already had many words, chapters, and scenes in the manuscript or project I was working on. But, I was rewriting a chapter that needed to be fixed. I left the original alone and created a new scene in my chapter. Once I completed the rewrite, I simply went to the original text and deleted it. That’s where it messed with my “writing history.” I wrote over a thousand words in the new document, and then ended up with a fraction of that after deleting the old writing. Opps!
Luckily for me, I have backups upon backups and easily found the old stuff and pasted it back into where I had it and my writing history was suddenly back to where it had been, only the dates were changed because I was entering this data a day later.
I wonder what would happen if I made a completely NEW scene and just deleted the scene in the trash instead of just pressing delete to remove the type? And that my friends is the key. Instead of selecting and deleting your words via the delete button, delete the scene and send that whole file to the “trash.” Then delete the trash and it won’t affect your writing history. But you should be careful, if you copy and paste type into a new scene, you again have the problem of those words messing with your writing history. FYI. And if you are like me you probably want to keep all the synopsis that you’ve entered in on the scenes as well, so a little bit of planning when you delete words is definitely needed.
This of course does not effect the “Manuscript target” the same way. That hasn’t changed.
AND this is all important ONLY if you want to keep your writing history accurate. My guess is that if I was bringing a lot of old written material into a new Scrivener 3 document, the totals for that month will be off, it may start over the next month?
Also, because I want to be thorough, I looked in the Scrivener 3 user manual. The data seems to be complied for Months and Days. So potentially, it restarts monthly. (I’ll find out at the end of this month.) So if you planned to bring in data from another file and are worried that it will effect your totals ongoing? Maybe for that month it will, but not indefinitely. It also tracks negative numbers as in, if you subtract words and add them it counts what you kept and what you deleted. For me I’m ONLY interested right now in the amount of words I add, not subtract. But this is useful for other writers that may want that information. Definitely check it out, it’s a fabulous new feature and I’m having fun with it!