Book Writing

  • Interview With Author Karen Wiesner on Writing a Series

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 21, 2013
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]
  • Compacting Your Whole Plot into Paragraphs

    By Melissa Breau on March 9, 2012
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    [This post is part of a series on writing sales copy for your book—see the first piece in the series here: The Truth About the Back of your Book.] We're always told not to judge a book by its cover... but most people are referring to the front of the book. It's flip side is a different matter. Without well […]
  • Turn Your Blog Into a Book

    By Melissa Breau on January 24, 2012
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    It's happening all over the web: bloggers are becoming authors. And you can too. Publishers see bloggers as a safe bet—these are people who already have a loyal audience and a solid working platform. But you don't have to work with a traditional publisher to get your book out there; self publishing offers some serious advantages especially for the blogger-turned-author. […]