NaNoWriMo 2013: Are You In?

October 29, 2013

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is short for (inter)National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November. Across the world, tens of thousands of writers sign up to the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in just one month. (That’s 1,667 words per day.) To “win” the challenge, you need to write that many words […]

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Four Ways to Cut Your Novel’s Draft (and Make Your Story Stronger)

October 15, 2013

Image from Flickr by adrperez Is your novel looking a little bloated? Do you have a sneaking feeling you’ve repeated yourself a few times? Are some of your scenes really just unnecessary padding between episodes of action? Believe me, I’ve been there. I cut my novel Lycopolis from 135,000 words (Draft 5) to 85,000 words […]

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My Guest Post on Positive Writer: Talking About Your Writing

October 2, 2013

I’m very pleased to have a guest post up on Bryan Hutchinson’s Positive Writer blog today, titled Are You Unwittingly Sabotaging Yourself by Talking About Your Writing?  It covers a couple of problems that talking about your writing can cause, and explains how to do it right. Here’s how it begins: You’ve got a great idea for […]

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Write More Easily: Understanding, Embracing and Moving Beyond Resistance

September 24, 2013

Image from Flickr by William Brawley In this month’s seminar for Writers’ Huddle, I talked about resistance – a powerful force that can stop us writing, if misunderstood and unchecked. Resistance is feeling you don’t want to do something – even when you know you’ll feel good afterwards. Here are just a few of the […]

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Choosing the Right Viewpoint and Tense for Your Fiction [With Examples]

September 17, 2013

Image from Flickr by Andréiai Who’s telling your story? Perhaps the choice is easy and obvious: you’re writing from a particular character’s viewpoint in the first person (“I”) and the whole story is from their perspective. Or perhaps it’s trickier than that. You’ve got a story to tell involving multiple characters, and you need to make […]

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My New Blogging Job and The Blogger’s Guides Flash Sale

September 10, 2013

You might have seen the news on Twitter or Facebook, but in case not … I’m now Head of Content over at the shiny new relaunched Zen Optimise (which was SEO Training) … a fancy way of saying that I’m running the blog there. Normally, I’ll be posting twice each week, and have a bunch of […]

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Failed to Reach Your Writing Targets? Me Too…

September 3, 2013

(Image from Flickr by Rennett Stowe) For the last six weeks, I’ve had a straightforward weekly writing target to meet: 3,000 words on my novel. And for two of those six weeks, I failed. Of course, there have been plenty of times in the past when I’ve skipped a week (or several weeks) of novel-writing. […]

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The One True Path to Writing Success?

August 13, 2013

(Image from Flickr by wendysoucie.) Want to know the secret? There is no one true path. There is no one right way. Sure, some bestselling authors / writing tutors / self-proclaimed gurus might insist that their way is the way … but it isn’t. If you’re a parent, you’ll know that there is a ton of […]

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Want to Know the REAL Secret of Productive Writers? [Guest Post]

August 6, 2013

(Image from Flickr by juliejordanscott.) Ali’s note: A big welcome to Nick Thacker, who’s been zooming around the blogosphere recently with guest posts on tons of the big writing blogs I read. I’m thrilled to welcome him to Aliventures with some great advice on actually getting the writing done. Over to you, Nick… Quite honestly, […]

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How to Finish Your Novel (While Life Goes On)

July 30, 2013

Maybe you’ve been working on your novel for months, or even years. (Or maybe you’ve not started yet, because you’re waiting for a chunk of free time to come along.) Life is busy. You’d love to have all day, every day, to write, but of course you don’t. You have a day job or your […]

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