Book Writing

  • 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 […]
  • Novel Planning Tools and Worksheets

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 8, 2014
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]
  • Writing Fiction: Series or One-off Titles?

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 11, 2013
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    Recently we've been talking a lot about writing books, including Karen Wiesner's recent release on writing fiction series. Today I'd like to delve a bit further into the decision we make as authors between pursuing a one-off novel versus looking for series potential. Both have their place. So let's look at the pros and cons of both. Here are some […]
  • Still Need a Word Count Tracker for NaNoWriMo? We Have 2 You Can Try

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 5, 2013
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    This is my first year doing NaNoWriMo. And so far, things are going well. I set up my writing schedule so I would work harder in the beginning of the month and be able to cut back on my word count goals toward the end of the month around Thanksgiving. My two highest word count days (not counting blogging and […]