Scrivener Superpowers

Scrivener Superpowers

by M.G. Herron

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Scrivener Superpowers by M.G. Herron

Become a Better, More Organized, and More Productive Writer

Learn Scrivener, the best software for writers and authors, using this simple step-by-step guide. No matter where you are in the writing process, Scrivener and this book will help you get organized and finish your manuscript.

The one program that let's you organize you work around your own unique process, you can use Scrivener to keep all your research, outlines, ideas, character and setting sketches, manuscript drafts, comments, and edits in a single place.

When you're done writing, use the same program to compile your book or short story to a format you can submit to editors, and later to a format you can publish yourself.

This friendly walkthrough draws from the personal experience of successful writer and author M. G. Herron, who relies on Scrivener in his own writing practice, mixed with proven creative writing and story craft concepts and techniques.

After this quick read, you'll:

- Be completely comfortable with Scrivener's user interface
- Get organized and be able to keep all your work in one place
- Be a more productive writer, with an understanding of how to set goals and targets and measure your progress on a daily basis
- Be able to finish your manuscript with a reduced level of stress
- Know to format your book when you're ready to any of the following file types: Word Doc, PDF, ePub, and Kindle
- Be a pro at the storyboarding process for planning and getting unstuck
- Live free of existential terror with reliable redundant backup systems
- Pick up a few advanced tips and tricks

The book also includes exclusive interviews with successful authors such as Rachel Aaron and Joanna Penn, my free No Nonsense Novel Template, and much more.

Don't put off finishing your manuscript any longer. Download a sample of this book and get your Scrivener superpowers today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157649920
Publisher: The Write Practice
Publication date: 01/11/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Matthew Gilbert Herron writes nonfiction covering the intersection of technology and creativity.

Matt has earned his bread as a river guide, pita roller, and digital project manager. These days, he makes a living as a content strategist consulting with tech startups and creative agencies across the United States. He also writes science fiction thrillers. His first novel, The Auriga Project, was published in 2015.

When he's not bending words to his will, Matt organizes Indie Publishing Austin, a local Meetup for writers and authors. He also likes to climb mountains, throw a frisbee for his Boxer mutt, Elsa, and travel to expand his mind.

He graduated from McMaster University in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts in English Literature. Now he lives in Austin, TX.

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IgorNamus More than 1 year ago
I have been using Scrivener for few months now and it still has lots of things hidden but for beginner to an average user of Scrivener, this book does go over all the basics. It explains well the elements on your screen and goes into deeper details in some areas. It is a very handy reference and pleasing to read for people struggling with Scrivener and hoping to have an easier way to just do the writing without perusing over the included manual for how things work. Scrivener is relatively easy after you invest some time to it but you can cut that time short with the aid of this book. For advanced users, there is little new I am afraid, but you never know as the thing I have learned with Scrivener is that there is more than one way to do things. Also, many times we just use the parts of programs we think are enough for us but learning about the others might open up new venues for you. It did help me with the outlines, which I rarely use as I had not considered them to be important to me.
The_Kellen More than 1 year ago
Don't give up on Scrivener until you read this book. I am not what you would call "tech-savvy." My version of using a computer involves clicking around and hoping something works. This book works, and it manages to work without being a complete bore (mostly, anyway. More on that later). I could follow it without having to download Scrivener (again: mostly, anyway). It's not perfect, but once I reach the novel-writing stage of my writing life, I'll definitely be using Scrivener and this book a lot. Like I said, this book is very helpful and easy to follow. The author even throws in some writing advice, advanced tips, and reading recommendations for the writing craft. The sample gives a pretty good overview of what you'll be getting, so I would recommend checking it out first. (Also note that the book was "conceived, written, and compiled with Scrivener," so you can see what the software will get you.) There are some problems, though. The author takes a long time to actually start teaching you how to use Scrivener. Instead, he fills the first 34 pages with reasons why you should use it. 22 of these are interviews with authors who use the software, which I thought was a little pointless and a lot of overkill. (Maybe it would've worked better if Herron had spread them out between sections, similar to Idleman's Not a Fan?) I remember thinking, "Okay, this is nice, but get to the point already!" This "delaying" tactic means that the sample has absolutely no useful information in it, so you'll just have to trust me when I say how helpful it is. Also, it got pretty boring (and thereby harder to follow) towards the end (the Compiling section), although I think that was more due to the amount of technical terms required. That part would probably be more helpful if I had Scrivener up and used the book as a walk-through. And it is a walk-through, which is important to remember. You will probably get far more out of this book if you consistently use it with the program until you have it down. Oh! Another thing: Herron's book seemed to favor those writers who write with chapter breaks in mind. I am not one of them, but I think the amount he explained is enough to help me figure out what I need to do to make Scrivener work for me. Overall: very good, M. G. Herron. You have saved me from a lifetime of being fed up with Word. ----- I was given an advance copy through the guys over at The Write Practice in exchange for a review. My opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot because you not only get an overview of Scrivener, you also get some great tips on structuring a book, "sharpening your saw" before you even write, and actually writing the book. That was a real plus for me. I have a free trial copy of Scrivener and it's so overwhelming I can't deal with it. However, after reading "Scrivener Superpowers," I got all excited to try again. Herron breaks the program down into small parts and it feels less overwhelming. It's not going to teach you every last detail of Scrivener, but it gives a good beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
January was the month that I had slated to finally learn how to use Scrivener properly. I began by reading the manual (which could use some editing!) and was left more confused than enlightened. Luckily, one day I opened my email and found an offer for a free pre-launch copy of Scrivener Superpowers in return for my honest review. So here it is: Pros: Scrivener Superpowers is an easy read. At first I questioned the section where several authors spoke of how they used Scrivener for their writing projects, but it did end up clarifying the idea that the program can be used to facilitate each writer's individual preferences and style. Unlike the training manual, I actually understood what M.G. Herron was explaining. I kept Scrivener open, and referred back and forth between the book and my writing project, and had several "aha!" moments. While the book does not cover all the possibilities that Scrivener provides(hey, I read the manual!), it does go through a lot and gives one what to work with. In addition to showing how Scrivener works, Herron also provides suggestions how to go from outlining, to writing to editing using Scrivener and how to customize Scrivener to one's own needs. Cons: Although the book does mention Scrivener for Word, it seems to focus more on Mac.(NOT a con if you work with a Mac...) I was unable to access the many links in the book, maybe because I was reading it on my computer as a PDF file. However, all in all, if you're interested in getting the most out of Scrivener and learning how to use it to make your writing more efficient, I would recommend this book.
rvanvy More than 1 year ago
I’m seven years into writing the proverbial ten-year first novel. My writing is organic, driven by moments of inspiration. Which means it just grows and grows, never gets organized, and nothing ever gets finished. I could envision that tenth year slipping into an eleventh, and so on. But now Scrivener Superpowers has come along! Combine one fantastic book with one fantastic program, and I can see putting final touches on my own book within the next year-and-a-half (eight-and-a-half years instead of ten and counting). I’ve never been published, and I’m not so young anymore, so a year-and-a-half makes a difference. This book’s virtue is that on the one hand it offers a thorough grounding in the business of writing and producing a book—the author literally shares everything he knows about this—and on the other hand provides a step-by-step walkthrough of how to use Scrivener at the most detailed, customized level. Scrivener isn’t totally intuitive, and dabbling wasn’t going to do it. Plus I’m not one to browse the help menu or ferret out other directions. I needed my hand held. Loaded as it is with “>” paths from the program, this is the book to do just that. A couple of things especially noteworthy about this book are the many invaluable links the author provides throughout this book (for example, his own No Nonsense Novel Template or another writer’s Six Core Competencies) and his sharing of how he’s customized a certain feature when it doesn’t quite work to his best advantage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scrivener Superpowers is written by a writer to help others use this powerful program. It is easy to read. The interviews in the second section offer unique insights into other author's views about the program and how they use it. Part 3 clearly explains how to write a story or novel with Scrivener. The book gives step by step instructions for using the program from the structure, character, and setting to completion and compilation. I found the chapter on how to use Scrivener when revising a story extremely helpful for a current project. The Scrivener Tips and additional resources are valuable. This book is an exceptional resource for anyone using or considering Scrivener.
eporter More than 1 year ago
My first impression and fear for Scrivener Superpowers was that this was going to be another “how to use software” book. I could not have been more wrong. The book has so much more to offer than those other software books for the less than bright. I have used Scrivener for several years, but only the very simplest of features. This book provided me with a better understanding of how even the basic features can help in my writing process. This book is so much more than a simply how to, it is a How, What, and Why book about Scrivener and workflow and developing your own process. It will help a writer understand how to put software and technology to work so writing can be the true focus. The book begins with a short section laying out the roadmap to the rest of the book and the benefits of using Scrivener. M.G. Herron makes an excellent case for using Scrivener for nearly any writing project (in fact I’m using it now to draft this review) and not simply for authors and novelists. The second section includes a number of interviews with authors who are using Scrivener in their craft as well as for preparing e-books for publishing. I had doubts about reading the interviews before the main course and had the urge to skip ahead to the next section first. Plowing ahead using the author’s clever structure, the purpose for presenting the interviews in this order became clear. The true life experiences provided several varying contexts from which I could now derive my own ideas on how the tools I was learning could be used in my personal writing process. Section three delivers a beautiful main course with the four section adding a little dessert for readers who want just a little more. The author not only walks us through how to use the specific features of the software, both the more and less useful ones in his opinion, but also lays the ground work for developing a personal workflow. This is where the software and Scrivener Superpowers really shine. They both offer a number of tools that have multiple uses depending on the user. The user can apply or not apply the tools in a manner that will help his or her productivity through writing, revisions and publishing. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is complete and helpful. I had been wondering for a long time if Scrivener would help me. This book made it pretty clear what features the program has and what it doesn't. It has helpful interviews of working professional writers and tells how they use Scrivener! Not only did it have tips on how to use it, but it also gave links to templates the writer had created!
a-gulden More than 1 year ago
The friendliest Scrivener how-to book ever! I personally find technical book writing style dry (like toast). Scrivener Superpowers is NOT written that way. Instead, it’s written in a more approachable, friendly style. I have been using Scrivener for some time now, however, I am always on the look out for new books to teach me more on how to use it effieciently. Did I learn anything new from Scrivener Superpowers? Yes, I did. Because, in Scrivener Superpowers, the advice or information on how to use Scrivener does not come from only one person (the author of this book) but also from well-experienced authors like Simon Whistler, Joanna Penn, Garrett Robinson, Joe Bunting, Gwen Hernandez, Rachel Aaron. If you’re a fan of Scrivener, you’ll love this book.
N_Ramm More than 1 year ago
Scrivener Superpowers is a valuable tool for writers considering this software program. It explains the multitude of features that come with Scrivener in an easy to understand way. I also enjoyed all the extras like the interviews with authors who use Scrivener and M.G. Herron’s tips and resources for completing your manuscript. Creating storyboards, measuring your productivity, setting project targets to compiling an ebook, it is all covered! This book will suit beginners and those like myself who have been using Scrivener for a while but not using it to its full potential. I highly recommend this book.
RuthanneReid More than 1 year ago
This is the best instructional manual for Scrivener I've encountered anywhere - and lest that sound boring or dry, let me emphasize that it is not. This is extremely readable, entertaining, and deeply helpful for any writer who wants to take their tool-usage to the next level. I highly recommend this book. HIGHLY. I received this manuscript as a pre-publication beta-reader, and I'm deeply glad I did. Fellow writers: get this book. Even if you think Scrivener is not for you, this book will change your mind.
Debra_Lobel More than 1 year ago
Better Writing with Scrivener Superpowers I have been using Scrivener for two years to write my books. I went through some tutorials but never felt there was any big deal about the software. Then I read Mr. Herron’s book and started using all the different features of the software. Almost immediately, my writing productivity improved. I had been using Scrivener more as a word processer than a writing tool. As Mr. Herron points out, Scrivener is not linear. When used correctly, Scrivener helps writers become more organized and productive. He explains the benefits of Scrivener - versatility, structure organization, being able to save the manuscript to multiple formats – and how to get the most out of them. I love the way Mr. Herron describes how to use the Scrivener User Interface. There are lots of screen shots and explanations of what each feature is, its purpose, how to use it and why it is useful. He also shows how to use Scrivener to structure, create character and scene sketches, storyboard, set goals, organize, revise and format your book. There are external links within the book that give you access to additional information. You select the link, read the information, press done and it brings you back to where you left off in the book. I think the best link is to his template on his website that you can download and import into Scrivener. It enhances the basic structure of the software. If you’re a writer, using Scrivener is a great tool. If you want to use it correctly, read Scrivener Superpowers by M.G. Herron. It’s a complete handbook with lots of detail. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
regina banis More than 1 year ago
Although I’ve heard of Scrivener, I had never tried it prior to reading Scrivener Superpowers. The author, M.G. Herron, takes a practical, hands-on approach to explaining Scrivener. Herron starts the book by explaining why he uses the program. Herron next shares interviews with six authors who explain why and how they use Scrivener to write articles, blog posts and books. He suggests downloading a trial version of Scrivener, and then takes you through the program, step-by-step, explaining it clearly and including screen shots so that even someone who had never viewed the program (like me) is able to quickly grasp the basics of Scrivener. He then explained more advanced uses of the program. I spent a couple of hours playing around with Scrivener after finishing the book and only had a few questions about how to do things. (Each of which was explained in the book and was easily located using the table of contents.) If you have Scrivener and haven’t been able to figure it out, or if you have been thinking about trying Scrivener, I highly recommend buying Scrivener Superpowers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was quite helpful to me. I have been considering the idea of getting Scrivener for a couple years but hesitated because I didn't want to spend money for something I felt I could do on what I already had and because I hate learning new programs. After reading this book, I could easily see how Scrivener would be valuable to me as a writer, and it explained things well enough I no longer felt uncomfortable using it. The explanations were simple and easy to interpret. Also, it not only explained the technical aspects of the program, it presented how to use the features in the program to improve writing. This is a book I would recommend for anybody thinking of taking the jump to Scrivener.
DickensDevotee More than 1 year ago
Scrivener Superpowers will 1.) get you up and running on Scrivener if you're new. 2.) Help you make better use of it if you already have it. M.G. Herron knows whereof he speaks. He wrote this book using Scriverner. He'll walk you through the install process and things like setting up your binder and research. M.G. also provides case studies with tips from successful professionals--including bestselling authors--who also use the program. If you're still using Word, you lose. Make the transition. You won't look back. This is the type of book you can take a little bit at a time, maybe one thing per week, and including it in your process. In the longrun you'll save time and money.