Book Writing

  • Weekend Reading: Writing and Publishing Short Stories

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 31, 2015
    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
    In this week's "short share," we have a two-year book writing plan from 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
    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
    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   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
    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
    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
    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 […]
  • Novel Planning Tools and Worksheets

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 8, 2014
    We recently talked about preparing for NaNoWriMo during October, and I shared some of my own plans such as using the Snowflake Method for this novel's outline. Today I'd like to share some of the best resources for helping you plan your NaNoWriMo novel (or any novel for that matter). Here are links to character planning resources and some of […]
  • Prepare for NaNoWriMo: 5 Tips for October Planning

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 6, 2014
    Last year was the first year I took part in NaNoWriMo. I participated mostly as a challenge that I could document here on the site. It went well. And I'm doing it again this year, although I'll be following the traditional rules rather than last year's "rebel" approach where I combined a few projects that I needed to work on […]
  • Quick Tip: The Pomodoro Technique for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 25, 2014
    One of my favorite productivity tools in my freelance writing and blogging work is a timer. I use something called the Pomodoro Technique which breaks down my work into small, manageable periods of time. It's a great way to stay focused and push yourself to see how much you can do in a short stretch. And it turns out, it […]