Writers’ Resources

  • Writers Worth Month Roundup 2016

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 8, 2016
    Every May, Lori Widmer runs Writers Worth Month over on the Words on the Page blog. She features a collection of guest posts, profiles of experienced freelance writers, and her own tips and insight into realizing our worth (and getting paid what we're worth) as freelance professionals. Each year I take part in this month-long event. This year I submitted a guest […]
  • Story Setting Inspiration for Writers (When You Can’t Plan a Visit)

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 26, 2016
    Maybe you want to set a story in an exotic location you've never visited. Or perhaps you're creating an entirely fictional setting for your book. How are you supposed to describe real (or just realistic) locations if you can't show up, meet some locals, and check out similar areas for yourself? Whether you realize it or not, story setting inspiration is right […]
  • 3 Tools for More Productive and Organized Writing

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 18, 2015
    Today marks the start of my usual year-end vacation, meaning I won't be around much until the New Year (January 4th in this case). Before taking these yearly breaks I spend a lot of time evaluating my previous year. It's how I set goals for the next year, but it's also when I look at the tools and processes I've […]
  • Mindly: A Simple, Beautiful Mind Mapping App

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 16, 2015
    I've always loved the concept of mind mapping, but it's not something I've done regularly. It's something I'd prefer to use software for rather than one of my white boards but, quite frankly, I found every solution I came across to be ugly. Petty, I know, but if I'll be looking at an organizational tool a lot, I prefer it […]
  • Cut Down on Wrist Pain with a Vertical Mouse

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 9, 2015
    When I share resources for writers here, they're usually along the lines of e-books or other downloads. But today I want to recommend something different -- a new mouse that's ideal for those long hours we writers can spend in front of our computers. More specifically, let's look at vertical mice. I didn't even know what a vertical mouse was […]
  • 5 Free Scrivener Templates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 26, 2015
    If you've been following this blog for a while you might have seen some of my free Scrivener templates. Unfortunately those are a bit scattered throughout the blog, and I've had a couple of folks this week email me trying to find one of my blogging templates and another reader asked for recommendations about mystery templates without realizing I'd released […]
  • Free Goal & Task Tracker Worksheet

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 5, 2015
    It's August. Seriously. When did that happen? Normally by now I've completed a detailed mid-year evaluation and posted my quarterly check-in on the blog. Whoops! Actually, it was less a simple oversight and more an issue of reorganization. By mid-July, I knew a few things weren't working out as planned, so I decided to make some changes. The usual mid-year check-in was […]
  • Is Grammarly a Good Tool for Professional Writers?

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 8, 2015
    Not long ago I published a review of AutoCrit, a self-editing tool designed for authors of fiction. I also found it helpful for nonfiction work such as blog posts. Shortly after reviewing AutoCrit, I was contacted by a rep for Grammarly, another online editing tool for writers which serves as both a spelling and grammar checker. The kind folks at […]
  • 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 […]
  • Relax Melodies – An Awesome Audio App for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 21, 2015
    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, […]