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Matt Herron is the author of Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting-Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice. He has a degree in English Literature, a dog named Elsa, and an adrenaline addiction sated by rock climbing and travel. The best way to get in touch with him is on Twitter @mgherron.

Website: http://mgherron.com

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How To Create a Character Sketch Using Scrivener

How do you create compelling characters?

Nothing is born in a vacuum. Characters don’t emerge fully formed. Creating compelling characters is a process of getting to know them and working to make them come to life. They’re developed through character sketches, through the writing process itself, through lots feedback, and diligent revision.

Interview with Joanna Penn on the Writing Process and Scrivener

I’ve read dozens of books and hundreds of blogs on writing advice over the years, and if I could distill just one piece of wisdom from all that effort studying, it’s that every writer has a unique process for putting words on the page. However, we all have room for growth, so, today, we’ll hear about how scrivener can help us improve our writing process.

Writers Have Superpowers
by Matt Herron in Writers Have Superpowers
12:49 pm on January 29, 2016

During moments when my natural enthusiasm for the craft of writing wanes, it’s useful to have a secret weapon to draw from my arsenal that reinvigorates my mind and makes me excited about working again.

That secret weapon is the certain knowledge that writers have superpowers.

How to Use Scrivener to Start and Finish a Rough Draft

You’re ready to start drafting.

At this point, you’ve been introduced to the important pieces of Scrivener’s user interface; you’re familiar with the essential plot and structure principles, including why you should break your story out into component scenes, which Scrivener excels at; you know how to create character and setting sketches using template sheets; and you have a complete account of my storyboarding process for planning stories and getting unstuck while you’re writing.

In other words, you have all the tools you need to start drafting your story.

How to Storyboard in Scrivener
by Matt Herron in How to Storyboard in Scrivener
11:22 pm on November 11, 2015

Storyboarding as it pertains to novels and short stories is the process of mapping out your story, often using index cards, in a high-level way that allows you to see your story visually and rearrange it.

Scrivener’s corkboard view provides the perfect interface to do this digitally, with a method to transition to a physical medium.

A Brief History of Creative Writing
by Matt Herron in A Brief History of Creative Writing
11:46 am on October 2, 2015

It might help you put the glut of new creative writing tools flooding the market into perspective by examining the history out of which these creative technologies have emerged.

Like all technology, new tools are built on the foundation of the technology that came it. Let’s take a quick journey through the history of creative writing tools so that we can evaluate modern creative writing in a historical context.

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