Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career

July 2, 2014

Image from Flickr by nic519. Have you ever thought about – or daydreamed about – turning your writing into a career? Perhaps you’ve already made some progress (buying a website domain, submitting some pieces), or perhaps it still feels like more of a dream than a plan. The good news is that it’s probably not […]

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Another Baby On the Way (And What This Means for Aliventures)

June 5, 2014

Well, the title and photo probably gave the news away. My husband Paul and I are expecting our second baby in December, a little brother or sister to Kitty (who turned one in March). This is really exciting for us; right from the start, we wanted to have two children close together, and we’re thrilled that everything […]

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Why Writers Should Fear Obscurity, Not Piracy

May 22, 2014

Image from Flickr by pasukaru76. There’s one question that seems to crop up more than any other in my email inbox, and when I’m talking about self-publishing. And that’s: How do I stop people stealing my book? A lot of new indie authors are worried that publishing in digital format means it’ll be far too easy […]

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Memoir: Truth or Fiction? [Guest Post]

May 6, 2014

This is a guest post by Tracy Wilson. Tracy and I have been friends for several years (she’s one of Kitty’s godmothers, too) and I asked her to write a post for Aliventures about memoir … something that I don’t have any experience with, but that I know a number of Aliventures readers are interested […]

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17 Ways to Make the Most of Your Writing Time – Even When It’s Limited

April 7, 2014

Image from Flickr by waferboard. Do you have as much time as you want to write? Probably not. (If you’re in the position of having plenty of time but somehow not getting much writing done, don’t feel bad — that happens too. Hopefully some of these tips will help you as well.) Very, very few […]

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Can You Call Yourself a “Writer” if You’re Not Currently Writing?

March 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a newsletter titled – like this post – “Can you call yourself a writer if you’re not currently writing?” It got a great response … and I realised I’d hit on a subject that quite a few writers are concerned about. So if you missed it: 1. […]

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Do You Want to Make Money Writing? Here’s What You Need to Know

February 25, 2014

Image from Flickr by Inha Leex Hale. One of the big writing ambitions I hear about from a lot of people is: I want to make money writing. They – quite reasonably! – want to be rewarded for their talent and their work. Yet many writers think that there’s something wrong with their dream. Maybe […]

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Take the Plunge: How to (Finally) Start Your Novel

February 4, 2014

Image from sxc.hu by tatlin. You want to write a novel. It’s been your New Year’s resolution more times than you want to admit. And you might well have been day-dreaming about it or scribbling notes about it for months or years. But you’ve never quite started the actual writing. And you’re not sure that […]

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The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)

January 28, 2014

Image from Flickr by Nic’s events. Whether you love editing or hate it, if you’re a writer, there’s no way round it. You may well have support – from beta readers, your spouse, your writers’ circle, or a professional editor – but a fair amount of editing needs to be done alone. I believe “editing” […]

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Is Social Media a Good Thing for Writers? (Pros, Cons and My Tips)

January 15, 2014

(Image from Flickr by Jason A. Howie) Should writers be on social media, or should they stay away? By “social media”, I mean sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest. (Technically, social media also covers blogs, but I’m leaving those out for simplicity’ sake.) There’s a good chance you have an account on one (or […]

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