Book Writing

  • Review of Writing the Fiction Series by Karen Wiesner

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 24, 2013
    I've made it no secret that I'm a fan of the previous two writers' reference books from Karen Wiesner -- First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel. So I was thrilled when she sent me her most recent release for writers, Writing the Fiction Series.  This was a timely read for me. I'm gearing up to take part in my […]
  • Preparing for NaNoWriMo: Organizing and Outlining Your Novel

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 23, 2013
    While we're talking to our featured guest, Karen Wiesner, this week about writing novels and planning fiction series, it seemed an appropriate time to talk about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). With NaNo just over a week away, thousands of authors and aspiring authors are getting ready to write a novel during November. Before jumping into a first draft, many […]
  • Interview With Author Karen Wiesner on Writing a Series

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 21, 2013
    Karen Wiesner isn't just our first featured guest here at All Indie Writers. She is also the author of some of my favorite writing reference books. I was a huge fan of her First Draft in 30 Days in particular -- a book that helped me map out my own customized book planning, outlining, and organization process. So I was thrilled […]
  • Weekend Reading: Halloween Horror

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 19, 2013
    To pick up after my recent post sharing the Halloween haunts blog series from the Horror Writers Association, we're continuing with the Halloween theme. This week's weekend reading selections are for our indie authors specializing in horror writing and other dark markets (or just lovers of a good scare). Find posts on horror writing and stories, horror films (hey, they […]
  • My First NaNoWriMo

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 15, 2013
    I've never made it a secret that I'm not a big fan of NaNoWriMo. The idea of pushing myself to write on someone else's schedule doesn't sit well with me. And I find the whole community aspect to be possibly more distracting than helpful. Don't get me wrong. I get why people take part every year, and if it works […]
  • How Does Your Environment Affect Your Writing?

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 14, 2013
    This morning I woke up to a beautiful sight. I live in a wooded community, and we had snow last night. This morning the snow was still sticking to the trees. That's rare. It gets windy up here, so snow usually blows off the trees right away. The view made me think about how this environment sometimes impacts my writing. […]
  • Planning a Mini Writer’s Retreat

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 7, 2013
    Sometimes everyday life gets in the way of writing (and sometimes writing is that everyday life). But in the former case, one of my favorite things to do is go somewhere else -- plan a mini writer's retreat of sorts. I'm doing that with my husband this weekend. We're heading to a B&B called Sayre Mansion, about an hour from where we […]
  • Why Authors Shouldn’t Try to Think Outside the Box

    By Melissa Breau on November 21, 2012
    Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. We often hear this concept expressed as "thinking outside the box." Authors, perhaps even more than other creative groups, feel the stress to be "truly creative." To avoid cliches. To add stunning plot twists. […]
  • Creating Characters from Scratch

    By Melissa Breau on October 11, 2012
    This year I'm participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time. For those of you not familiar with the acronym, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and it's organized by the Office of Letters and Light. Participants begin writing on November 1st, and the goal is to write a 50,000-word  novel by midnight on November 30th. As I said, this is my […]
  • The Secret of Storytelling — From One of Pixar’s’ Masters

    By Melissa Breau on October 2, 2012
    I don't normally write posts this long—but this time I couldn't resist. Andrew Stanton's TED talk was something every author—every storyteller—should listen to.  Andrew Stanton starts off his TED Talk with a joke. "A tourist is backpacking through the highlands of Scotland and he stops at a pub for a drink. The only people in there are the bartender and […]