All About Ali and Aliventures

Hello! I’m Ali Luke, and Aliventures is my blog (and the name of my business).

My husband Paul and I live in Oxford in the UK, with our baby daughter, Kitty, who was born in March 2013. I write blog posts, non-fiction ebooks, and fiction.

I love writing, but I also love working with writers to help them take their work further. My client list is currently full, so I can’t offer you one-to-one mentoring or editorial support, but my site Writers’ Huddle is almost as good (and much cheaper!)

What’s Aliventures about?

This blog is all about writing (fiction and non-fiction). I cover specific tips and techniques in posts like The Four Essential Stages of Writing and I also post more motivational content, like Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You.

You’ll also find posts from me on popular blogs like Copyblogger, Write to Done, Men with Pens, The Creative Penn, ProBlogger and Daily Blog Tips.

One of the biggest questions that crops up when I’m working with writers is “How do I find more time for my writing?” If that’s something you’re struggling with, I’ve got a free ebook to help you make time to write: you can find out about it (and a bunch of other freebies) here.

If there’s a particular question, topic or problem you want me to tackle either here on Aliventures or on another blog, just let me know. (Email ali@aliventures.com or use the contact form.)

Writers’ Huddle (teaching / community site)

I share even more in-depth content inside Writers’ Huddle, which is a teaching and community site for writers. It includes self-study e-courses, monthly seminars, lots of extra goodies, and friendly forums where you can chat with me and other members.

Because I spend a lot of time creating content for Writers’ Huddle and interacting with members, there’s a membership fee: $19.99 per month. Some people join just for a month or two, to get access to all the existing content there, but most choose to stay for much longer. (If you do join and decide it’s not for you, your first month’s fee is refundable.)

Out of everything I’ve done over the past few years, the Huddle is my  favourite project. It’s been wonderful to bring together a group of writers who are keen to learn more, write more, and support one another in the process. The Huddle also allows me to spend lots of time thinking, talking and writing about writing!

If you might be interested in joining us, pop on over to the Writers’ Huddle page, where you can find all the details of everything that’s included with your membership.

The Blogger’s Guides

I’m the author of for writing-related ebooks, all aimed at bloggers:

  • The Blogger’s Guide to Effective Writing: advice on all aspects of writing for a blog, covering idea-generation, planning, structuring, editing and much more.
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Freelancing: my tried-and-tested tips for making real money blogging, from day one.
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Irresistible Ebooks: everything you need to know to write and sell an ebook, from coming up with a great idea to creating your sales page.
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Loyal Readers: how to get your blog into great shape and attract new readers (who’ll stick around).

You can find out all about these ebooks (and see what other readers had to say) on the Blogger’s Guide website.

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Want (Free) Help With Your Writing?

First off, make sure you’re getting my blog posts by RSS or straight to your inbox (there’s a box at the bottom of this page where you can put your email address).

You’ll also want to join the Aliventures newsletter to get a quick writing boost every Wednesday … plus access to a little library of free ebooks. You can find out all about the newsletter here.

Best of all, take my seven-week On Track ecourse. It’s designed for any writer who’s feeling stuck on a big project, whether that’s a blog, novel, or entire writing career. All the tips and techniques you learn will help you make progress straight away, whilst also setting you up with great habits for the future.

Three Posts to Get You Started

To catch up on past posts, start with:

7 Habits of Serious Writers (my most-tweeted post ever)

I’ve been writing, on and off, since my early teens – but it’s only in the last three years that I’ve really taken my writing seriously. It’s made a dramatic difference. I write far, far more. I write better. I finish things – something which, at one point in my writing life, was pretty much unheard of.

Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You

A few years ago, I’d look at published writers and think that they were somehow different from me. [...] But as I’ve taken more and more steps into the writing world, I’ve realised that my perception just doesn’t match up to the reality. Writers – at all levels – have just the same struggles as you and me.

The Four Essential Stages of Writing

Every finished piece of writing passes through four stages:

  • Planning
  • Drafting
  • Redrafting
  • Editing

I usually post once a week here on Aliventures (normally on a Tuesday). Some of my posts are specific to fiction-writers, non-fiction writers, or bloggers; most are more broadly applicable.

So that you don’t ever miss a post, get updates straight to your RSS reader or, if you prefer, straight to your inbox:

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Sharon August 4, 2009 at 1:53 am

Ali,
I just discovered your blog today through the wonderful article you published on ProBlogger, about “every blogger starts from zero.” Thanks for the inspiration!
Sharon

Raza October 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

Hi Ali,
I am just a huge fan of your writing and articles. I am a subscriber to Dumb Little Man and my most favourite mails are the ones which are authored by you.
I thought I would know more about the ‘person’ you are from your site but its pretty much business-like too! ;)
Anyways, keep up the good work. You are touching a lot of lives! :)
Raza

Ali October 27, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Raza! I’m really glad you’re enjoying my DLM articles. Hopefully if you stick around a little on Aliventures, you’ll get to know more about me as a person too. :-)

Chase Brumfield December 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Ali,

Just read your article on DLM. Nice work and very true comments on silence.

Quick question… was the community you spoke of a monastary in Kentucky….

Thanks,
Chase Brumfield

Ali December 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Cheers Chase, glad you enjoyed the piece! The place I went to was a community run by Catholic sisters in Kent in the UK: http://www.sisters-of-st-andrew.com/

Chase Brumfield December 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Ok just curious because I visited the monastary of Gethsemane in Kentucky this past summer for a week of silence with some Benedictine monks… it literally changed my life. I highly reccomend it. Thanks for the great posts.

ravisenan September 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

came across ur article “How to Build Self-Discipline” in DLM… 100% true from my practical experience….From there came across “Aliventures”… you have the talent of explaining things in such a way that is simple,practical,easy to understand, and could be seen in day-to-day life….so “touching lives”… keep going :)

Ali September 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the DLM piece — and hope you stick around here on Aliventures :-)

Mars Dorian November 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Hey Ali,

just re-read your awesome epic post on freelance writing.
Well done – although I’m not into freelance writing – it helps me a lot with my blogging career.
Thanx for putting out so much ass-kicking value !

You shine,
Mars

Ali November 14, 2010 at 7:39 am

Thansk Mars! Glad it was helpful on the blogging side, too. In a few weeks, I’m going to be posting something aimed at bloggers/writers who’re heading down an entrepreneurial route, so hopefully that’ll be useful to you too. :-)

Raza December 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Hi Ali,

Just noticed that your Sir name has changed from ‘Hale’ to ‘Luke’. Seems like you’ve tied the knot. If that being the case, heartily congrats! I myself got hitched just a few weeks back :)

Best regards

Raza

Ali December 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

Thanks – and congrats to you too! Yep, Paul and I are indeed married. :-)

Loraine March 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Interesting. I though “Aliventures” was a combo of your name and adventures! Nice site.

David July 12, 2011 at 2:39 am

HI,
how are you?
I am David from ARgentina . again.
I would like to ask you what kind of programme you are using to make your ebook.
because, I would like to write in spanish and give class about spanish .
let me know , please.
or give me some advise about that .
tahnk a lot!!

Ali July 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

I use Microsoft Word 2007 – I write the ebook in that, then save it as a PDF. Very straightforward! :-)

Neeraj September 1, 2011 at 1:24 am

I read your articles at dumb little man and subsequently followed you to your site. I personally like your articles and would love to follow in future. Keep up the good work, GOD BLESS YOU.

Razwana October 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hey Ali. I have come across you a few times over the last few days so figured it’s time I cam over to your site and see what you’re about! Gosh there is a lot of info here – all very useful. Awesome.

I myself have just started the writing/blogging journey. The biggest insecurity is ‘is my writing good enough’ but I think getting started is half the battle?

So great that you live in the UK – you are an inspiration.

– Razwana

Ali October 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks, Razwana — getting started is definitely the toughest bit! :-) Welcome to Aliventures!

Sujin October 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

Hi Ali,

I’ve just come across your blog and read a couple articles.

I wonder if you can help me with a serious issue that has been plaguing me for the past three or four years and has nearly destroyed my ambitions to become a writer (what used to be a dream of mine when I was younger and less jaded).

It’s apathy. It’s been like a disease to my emotional and creative well-being. It used to worry me a lot that I found less and less enjoyment in books and novels, but now my apathy has consumed that too. I find it hard to be intellectually curious. Nothing interests or pleases me anymore. Now I know I’m not depressed, but this lack of passion is driving me insane (or it would if my emotional and mental capabilities weren’t flatlining every day)

I don’t know if this is appropriate for this section, but I would dearly love any sort of guidance or ways to kick myself out of it. Have you ever felt this before?

Sujin

Ali October 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Really interesting question, Sujin — I hope you don’t mind if I tackle it in a blog post in future? I think this is something that other readers would like to hear about.

A few brief thoughts:
-> It might be worth talking to your doctor (or a medical professional), just in case there’s any medical issue here
-> I’ve definitely gone through times of apathy in relation to my writing: what works for me is to go to a conference, take a course or simply talk to other writers — I find my enthusiasm comes flooding back
-> Try experimenting with different genres in both your reading and your writing — I never thought I’d be a non-fiction writer, but as you can see, I now spend a great deal of time blogging (and I love it)

I’d be interested to know how old you are: I was a more passionate reader in my teens than I am now (in my 20s) and I think this may just be part of getting older!

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