• 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. […]
  • From Struggling Writer to Solid Writer and Beyond

    By Rebecca Garland on May 9, 2013
    As an English teacher, I have a strategy that usually works for struggling and reluctant writers. If they claim to not be able to write something, I ask them to tell me the story or response to address the prompt. Then, after they tell me a sentence or two, I repeat it back to a student and tell him to […]
  • Show Don’t Tell — An Example Done Right

    By Melissa Breau on April 2, 2013
    You may have had college professors preach to you to "show, don't tell." The ironic thing about that statement is that it contradicts itself. Take the video I've embedded below, for instance. In the video, a blind homeless man is begging for change. A young woman comes by and changes what he has written on his sign–and in response, many […]
  • 3 Action Steps to Help You Beat Writer’s Block for Good

    By Guest on February 27, 2013
    By: Francesca StaAna I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. –Barbara Kingsolver Some people call it writer’s block. Others refer to it as a lack […]
  • Choosing an Editor for Your Indie Published Work

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 21, 2013
    I make my thoughts on editing no secret. Self-edits have their place -- initial rewrites, shorter information products that need a very quick turnaround, etc. But for most indie publishers there's no good excuse to release your work without it crossing the desk of a professional editor. Even more than that, I'm a strong believer in hiring an editor. I don't care […]
  • Planning For Print Publication

    By Catherine L. Tully on December 7, 2012
    It's hard to believe that the New Year is right around the corner! If you are looking to get published in a magazine or print publication in the coming year, now is the time to start planning. For most print pubs, the editorial calendar is already set, and queries right now are going out for summer issues (or even later!). […]
  • Breaking All the Writing Rules

    By Rebecca Garland on September 27, 2012
    Pop quiz, hot shot! How many of the old, conventional writing rules do you break on a daily basis? You probably know the ones I’m talking about. These are rules like: Never start a paper with a question. Never start a sentence with “and” or “but.” Never end a sentence with a preposition. Paragraphs must be a minimum of five […]