Book Writing

  • Writing Fiction: Series or One-off Titles?

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 11, 2013
    Recently we've been talking a lot about writing books, including Karen Wiesner's recent release on writing fiction series. Today I'd like to delve a bit further into the decision we make as authors between pursuing a one-off novel versus looking for series potential. Both have their place. So let's look at the pros and cons of both. Here are some […]
  • Still Need a Word Count Tracker for NaNoWriMo? We Have 2 You Can Try

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 5, 2013
    This is my first year doing NaNoWriMo. And so far, things are going well. I set up my writing schedule so I would work harder in the beginning of the month and be able to cut back on my word count goals toward the end of the month around Thanksgiving. My two highest word count days (not counting blogging and […]
  • Weekend Reading: NaNoWriMo

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 2, 2013
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is officially here. I'm taking part for the first time as a way to push myself back into my fiction writing projects after my recent extended leave. Whether you're taking part in NaNoWriMo this year or you're just thinking about writing a novel at some point in the future, these resources are worth checking out. […]
  • Cohesive Story Building by Karen Wiesner: Coming Soon

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 28, 2013
    We've been talking a lot this past week about Karen Wiesner's latest writer's reference book, Writing the Fiction Series. Today I'd like to share some information about another book you should keep an eye out for. The rights to her book, From First Draft to Finished Novel, have reverted to her, and Karen is set to release a new version of the book through […]
  • 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. […]