Writing & Editing

  • Weekend Reading: Revising Your Manuscript

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 19, 2015
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    I love first drafts. I love creating something new. Revising them into a second draft? Not so much. Or at least that's the case with longer manuscripts. That first round of revisions is the most challenging (and the most frustrating) for me. But it has to be done. So it ends up taking longer than I'd like. Do you ever […]
  • 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 […]
  • Is AutoCrit a Good Fit for Indie Authors? (Review)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2015
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    Some authors love the revision process. Some, not so much. I fall in the latter group. But if there's one thing I dislike more than working on revisions, it's the idea of automating the process with software. Revisions aren't only about spelling and grammar. They're also about improving the flow of a story and making better word choices, even if […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writer’s Block

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 13, 2015
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    Ah, writer's block -- the writer's nemesis. I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't really believe in writer's block. It's not a "thing." It's an excuse. It's an excuse I've used, but that doesn't make it any more of a thing. I'm never short on ideas. So when I claim to feel "blocked" it means something a bit different. […]
  • Quick Tip: Move Scrivener Documents to Word

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 3, 2015
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    This week's quick tip comes from a question I received from Cathy Miller (my most recent guest co-host for the writers' podcast). Cathy's thinking about making the move to Scrivener for freelance writing projects. But she'd heard from another writer that Scrivener projects don't convert to Word well, especially when tables are involved. And most clients expect projects delivered 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 […]
  • Weekend Reading: Copyright for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 6, 2015
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    One of the most important issues for professional writers is also one of the least understood -- copyright law. Your ability to make a living from your writing revolves largely around your copyrights and your ability to license those rights to third parties. For this week's "weekend reading" resources, let's brush up on some of the basics. Enjoy! Know Your […]
  • 5 Things Ethical Article Writers Don’t Do

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 15, 2015
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    Do you consider yourself an ethical article writer or blogger? Whether you write for print publications or the web, professional ethics are an important part of building trust with readers and clients, which is part of what keeps them coming back for more. My ethical standards won't necessarily look like yours, and vice-versa. For example, I have ethical issues with […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Motivation

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 9, 2015
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    Given that we've just started a new year, it seems fitting to talk about writing motivation. After all, most of us have probably set at least one new writing goal or resolution, right? But how are we going to stick with those goals (and should we)? I want to share three great articles with you on the topic of writer motivation -- maybe to […]
  • Reader Question: When English Isn’t Your First Language

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 3, 2014
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    Today I'd like to tackle a reader question from Evgeni Puzankov related to selling writing to English-language publications when English isn't your first language. Can you do so successfully? "The question that plagues me throughout my adult life is whether one can actually make it in anglophone writing biz, while not being a native. I'm Russian and still live here. […]