Writers’ Resources

  • 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, […]
  • Show Off Your Manuscript and Book Marketing Plan in the Publish or Perish Writing Contest

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 13, 2015
    Let me say up front that I'm not a fan of writing contests. You will almost never see me promote them. Yet I'm going to share one with you today. I'm not being paid to promote it. I have no ties to the company running it other than the fact that they emailed me a copy of their press release. […]
  • Weekend Reading: Books for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 12, 2015
    This week we're going to do something a little bit different for the Weekend Reading series. Instead of pointing you to a few blog posts, I'd like to share a few recommended books for authors. Some of these are specific to either fiction or nonfiction authors. Others are beneficial no matter what kinds of books you write. These are just […]
  • The History of the English Language [Infographic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 12, 2015
    I've been meaning to kick off a new, light, post series here for a while -- one where I share a bite-sized bit of actionable information, or even something that's simply entertaining. Most of these posts will be infographics -- some which I'll create and some from third party sources that I found interesting or helpful. Here is the first […]
  • What do You Want From a Scrivener Mystery Novel Template?

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 8, 2015
    I've been working this week on the next Scrivener template in my writers' resource collection -- a mystery novel template. While it won't be ready for release this week, I want to give you a chance to weigh in. Tell me what you want from a template. What would help you write your next mystery novel? When I was moving the first […]