Writing & Editing

  • What’s Your NaNoWriMo Plan?

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 2, 2015
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    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began yesterday. NaNoWriMo is the annual month-long challenge to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel. I've only taken part during two years so far, and I've managed to reach my goal both times. I'm hoping to make this year my third. I'm approaching this NaNoWriMo a bit differently than previous years. My […]
  • Productive Writing During NaNoWriMo (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 23, 2015
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    Writing 50,000 words in a month would be a chore for many writers. Yet each November authors sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where their goal is to do just that. Have you ever wondered how those writers reach that 50,000 word goal? A new infographic from Stop Procrastinating offers some insight. The folks at Stop Procrastinating surveyed […]
  • Quick Tip: Don’t Wait Until November to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 13, 2015
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    National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a little over two weeks away. But if you plan to take part in it this year, you shouldn't wait until November 1st to think about your new manuscript. Instead, use the rest of October for planning and outlining. Then, when NaNoWriMo begins, you'll be ready to jump into your story. How I'm […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing and Publishing Short Stories

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 31, 2015
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    For this week's "weekend reading" collection, let's look at short fiction. Is it worth your time as an indie author to publish short stories and flash fiction? Will people read it? Can it be profitable? Where can you get your fiction published? These three posts answer some of these questions. Enjoy! Why You Should be Writing Short Fiction By Anne R. […]
  • 2 Years to a Book [InfoGraphic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 31, 2015
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    In this week's "short share," we have a two-year book writing plan from HuntersWritings.com. While two years might be an unnecessarily long time for many indie authors these days, I think it's a great plan for new authors -- especially those trying to write their first book alongside a traditional day job. If you find yourself with limited time to […]
  • How Do You Motivate Yourself to Write?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 28, 2015
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    It doesn't matter how experienced of a writer you are. You're bound to feel unmotivated every now and then. Sometimes you can plow through these periods. But at other times you'll need to find ways to get excited about your projects again. I'm like any other writer in this regard. I have good days and bad days. Sometimes a lack […]
  • 5 Useful Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 27, 2015
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    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 […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Success

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2015
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    For this week's "weekend reading" collection, let's talk about writing success. What does it take to be a successful writer? What does "writing success" even mean to you? And is success something we ever truly achieve, or will we always crave something more? These questions are tackled in the posts below. Don't forget to leave a comment and share your […]
  • 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, […]
  • Weekend Reading: Working With Beta Readers

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 26, 2015
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    In our previous "weekend reading" segment, we looked at revising your manuscript. Now let's talk about what comes next -- gathering feedback. One way you can get feedback on your manuscript before submitting it to publishers or sending to the editor you've hired is to send it to beta readers. These three posts will help you figure out how you can […]