Writers’ Resources

  • 5 Useful Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 27, 2015
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    Scrivener is a wonderful tool for writers. You can use it to write a novel or nonfiction book. You can use it to format your writing as an e-book. You can even use Scrivener for blogging. That said, Scrivener can also be a complicated tool to use. I doubt I even know half of what it can do. It's one […]
  • Relax Melodies – An Awesome Audio App for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 21, 2015
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    This might sound strange. But today I want to recommend an audio app -- more specifically a sleep audio app -- to writers. It's called Relax Melodies, and it's available on both Android and iOS devices. I've been struggling with insomnia recently, working and sleeping rather odd hours. Sleep has been difficult to come by lately, but when I do sleep, […]
  • 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, […]
  • Show Off Your Manuscript and Book Marketing Plan in the Publish or Perish Writing Contest

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 13, 2015
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    Let me say up front that I'm not a fan of writing contests. You will almost never see me promote them. Yet I'm going to share one with you today. I'm not being paid to promote it. I have no ties to the company running it other than the fact that they emailed me a copy of their press release. […]
  • Weekend Reading: Books for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 12, 2015
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    This week we're going to do something a little bit different for the Weekend Reading series. Instead of pointing you to a few blog posts, I'd like to share a few recommended books for authors. Some of these are specific to either fiction or nonfiction authors. Others are beneficial no matter what kinds of books you write. These are just […]
  • The History of the English Language [Infographic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 12, 2015
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    I've been meaning to kick off a new, light, post series here for a while -- one where I share a bite-sized bit of actionable information, or even something that's simply entertaining. Most of these posts will be infographics -- some which I'll create and some from third party sources that I found interesting or helpful. Here is the first […]
  • What do You Want From a Scrivener Mystery Novel Template?

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 8, 2015
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    I've been working this week on the next Scrivener template in my writers' resource collection -- a mystery novel template. While it won't be ready for release this week, I want to give you a chance to weigh in. Tell me what you want from a template. What would help you write your next mystery novel? When I was moving the first […]
  • 10 Podcasts for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 6, 2015
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    Where do you get most of your writing and business-related tips? If you're anything like me, you probably spend a lot of time reading books and blog posts. But sometimes you just want to give your eyes a rest or keep the information flowing even when you're out and about. That's where podcasts come in. You can listen to them […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Goals and Progress Reports

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2015
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    As a follow up to yesterday's post where I shared my first quarter check-in for my 2015 writing goals, for this week's "Weekend Reading" post I'd like to share some other examples, plus one blogger's free goal-tracking tool that might help you stay on track. Enjoy! First Quarter Wrap-Up By Jennette Marie Powell at JenPowell.com This post is simply another example of […]
  • Recommended: Write Better, Faster by Monica Leonelle

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 25, 2015
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    You know me. I'm a bit of a productivity junkie, always looking for ways to get more work done in less time. So it should be no surprise that an e-book like Write Better, Faster: How to Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day, by Monica Leonelle would catch my attention. (And no, I wasn't asked to review it, […]