Writers’ Resources

  • 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp 3rd Edition Released, Save 35% Through Cyber Monday

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 23, 2015
    The third edition of my e-book, The 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp for Freelance Writers, is now available. This edition has minor updates detailed below and is free to those who purchased the e-book previously. For anyone who hasn't received a copy of this e-book yet, now is a great time to grab one. I'm running a special from today through Cyber […]
  • 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 […]
  • Here are 5 Writing Mistakes You’re Probably Making

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 4, 2015
    Shortly after my review of Grammarly, I was contacted by another company rep asking if I'd be interested in sharing any of their infographics. I took a look and thought this one featured some good reminders for writers of all kinds. Do you make any of these five common writing mistakes? Do you use Grammarly, or a similar tool, to […]
  • 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, […]
  • Free Scrivener Template: Murder Mystery Novel

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 29, 2015
    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, […]