How To Create a Character Sketch Using Scrivener

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.

Book Editing: How to Survive the Second Draft of Your Book

Book Editing: How to Survive the Second Draft of Your Book

The next few months I’ve dedicated to finishing the book I’ve been working on for nearly two years. Inspired by Joe’s latest post, I’ve made the commitment to revise the second draft of my book.

I believe, though, the second draft is the hardest. Actually, it’s the worst. All the content of your book is sitting right in front of you like a huge slab of marble mined from your imagination, and you’re expected to take the formless hunk and turn it into Michelangelo’s David.

In finishing the second draft of three books and as I’m embarking on finishing this next one this fall, I’ve compiled these tips for the both of us. Here’s all I know about book editing and surviving the second draft.

How to Storyboard in Scrivener

How to Storyboard in Scrivener

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 Walk Through Scrivener’s User Interface

A Walk Through Scrivener’s User Interface

In the Scrivener walkthroughs and workshops I’ve done, one of the most common complaints from new users is that the interface is confusing and overwhelming. People find it difficult to get used to new software, and so they give up before they even get started.

A Brief History of Creative Writing

A Brief History of Creative Writing

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.