Book Writing

  • What’s Your NaNoWriMo Plan?

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 2, 2015
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    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began yesterday. NaNoWriMo is the annual month-long challenge to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel. I've only taken part during two years so far, and I've managed to reach my goal both times. I'm hoping to make this year my third. I'm approaching this NaNoWriMo a bit differently than previous years. My […]
  • Productive Writing During NaNoWriMo (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 23, 2015
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    Writing 50,000 words in a month would be a chore for many writers. Yet each November authors sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where their goal is to do just that. Have you ever wondered how those writers reach that 50,000 word goal? A new infographic from Stop Procrastinating offers some insight. The folks at Stop Procrastinating surveyed […]
  • Quick Tip: Don’t Wait Until November to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 13, 2015
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    National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a little over two weeks away. But if you plan to take part in it this year, you shouldn't wait until November 1st to think about your new manuscript. Instead, use the rest of October for planning and outlining. Then, when NaNoWriMo begins, you'll be ready to jump into your story. How I'm […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing and Publishing Short Stories

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 31, 2015
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    For this week's "weekend reading" collection, let's look at short fiction. Is it worth your time as an indie author to publish short stories and flash fiction? Will people read it? Can it be profitable? Where can you get your fiction published? These three posts answer some of these questions. Enjoy! Why You Should be Writing Short Fiction By Anne R. […]
  • 2 Years to a Book [InfoGraphic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 31, 2015
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    In this week's "short share," we have a two-year book writing plan from HuntersWritings.com. While two years might be an unnecessarily long time for many indie authors these days, I think it's a great plan for new authors -- especially those trying to write their first book alongside a traditional day job. If you find yourself with limited time to […]
  • Free Scrivener Template: Murder Mystery Novel

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 29, 2015
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    My next Scrivener template is now available for download: a murder mystery novel template. This one is based on my own template that I've been using for my upcoming mystery series. It allows you to plan, outline, and draft your next murder mystery all in one project file. Plus, there's a place to write up some of your promotional copy, […]
  • What Makes a Good Story?

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 18, 2015
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    For this weekend's short share, I wanted to feature an infographic that applies to authors and copywriters alike: What Really Makes a Good Story? from Tom Albrighton at ABCCopywriting.com.   Check out the original discussion or leave a comment to tell me what you think. Are there other vital elements to a good story? Do you disagree with anything in […]
  • Weekend Reading: Character Development for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 1, 2015
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    Our weekend reading collection is coming a bit late this week. But better late than never, right? This week's posts and resources are for authors trying to develop new characters for their fiction. We'll kick things off with a checklist-style post to help you get to know your new characters, then get character development advice from Virginia Woolf, and finally […]
  • 4 Free Tools for NaNoWriMo Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 3, 2014
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    It's that time again! NaNoWriMo kicked off over the weekend, and writers everywhere are challenging themselves to write novels of at least 50k words during November. I'm taking part again, and like last year I'll document my progress here at All Indie Writers (you can keep an eye on my word count progress in the sidebar, and I'll occasionally post […]
  • The Snowflake Method for Outlining a Novel

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 9, 2014
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    It’s no secret that when it comes to tackling large writing projects, I’m a planner. I work from outlines for nearly everything I write (even this blog post). I’ve tried several outlining strategies over the years. And ultimately I’ve taken bits and pieces of each strategy to customize my own process. Last year, I came across someone on the NaNoWriMo […]