• How Do You Motivate Yourself to Write?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 28, 2015
    It doesn't matter how experienced of a writer you are. You're bound to feel unmotivated every now and then. Sometimes you can plow through these periods. But at other times you'll need to find ways to get excited about your projects again. I'm like any other writer in this regard. I have good days and bad days. Sometimes a lack […]
  • 5 Useful Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 27, 2015
    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 […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Success

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2015
    For this week's "weekend reading" collection, let's talk about writing success. What does it take to be a successful writer? What does "writing success" even mean to you? And is success something we ever truly achieve, or will we always crave something more? These questions are tackled in the posts below. Don't forget to leave a comment and share your […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writer’s Block

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 13, 2015
    Ah, writer's block -- the writer's nemesis. I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't really believe in writer's block. It's not a "thing." It's an excuse. It's an excuse I've used, but that doesn't make it any more of a thing. I'm never short on ideas. So when I claim to feel "blocked" it means something a bit different. […]
  • Quick Tip: Move Scrivener Documents to Word

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 3, 2015
    This week's quick tip comes from a question I received from Cathy Miller (my most recent guest co-host for the writers' podcast). Cathy's thinking about making the move to Scrivener for freelance writing projects. But she'd heard from another writer that Scrivener projects don't convert to Word well, especially when tables are involved. And most clients expect projects delivered in […]
  • Weekend Reading: Copyright for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 6, 2015
    One of the most important issues for professional writers is also one of the least understood -- copyright law. Your ability to make a living from your writing revolves largely around your copyrights and your ability to license those rights to third parties. For this week's "weekend reading" resources, let's brush up on some of the basics. Enjoy! Know Your […]
  • 5 Things Ethical Article Writers Don’t Do

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 15, 2015
    Do you consider yourself an ethical article writer or blogger? Whether you write for print publications or the web, professional ethics are an important part of building trust with readers and clients, which is part of what keeps them coming back for more. My ethical standards won't necessarily look like yours, and vice-versa. For example, I have ethical issues with […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Motivation

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 9, 2015
    Given that we've just started a new year, it seems fitting to talk about writing motivation. After all, most of us have probably set at least one new writing goal or resolution, right? But how are we going to stick with those goals (and should we)? I want to share three great articles with you on the topic of writer motivation -- maybe to […]
  • Weekend Reading: Scrivener

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 17, 2014
    We've talked a lot about Scrivener lately -- specifically using Scrivener for blogging. It's a great piece of software for writers, and it's incredibly adaptable to any kind of project you need to take on. My favorite part of moving to Scrivener so far has been its organizational abilities, which are helping me better manage a variety of projects from […]
  • The Rules of the Sneaky Serial Comma

    By Rebecca Garland on May 23, 2013
    If there was ever a piece of punctuation to give us all fits, it’s the comma. When do you use it? When are you using it too much? Do I need a comma there? Correct comma usage causes endless questions simply because there are so many rules. Let’s worry about one comma in particular – the serial, or Oxford, comma. […]