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How to Choose and Develop a Writing Idea [With Examples]

How to Choose and Develop a Writing Idea [With Examples]

This post was originally published in May 2011 and updated in November 2021. How do you figure out whether one of your writing ideas is worth pursuing or not? Maybe you've got a bunch of different ideas for short stories or even for novels, or perhaps you're coming up...

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Seven Simple Tips for Writing Great Dialogue

Seven Simple Tips for Writing Great Dialogue

This post was first published in March 2012 and updated in November 2021. A lot of fiction-writers struggle with dialogue. It’s tough to make fictional people sound convincing. And on an even more basic level, it's tricky just to punctuate dialogue correctly. But...

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How Do You Divide Your Novel into Chapters?

How Do You Divide Your Novel into Chapters?

This post was inspired by an email conversation with Emma from the brilliant blog Science at Your Doorstep and by a question from an Aliventures reader. It was first published in April 2018 and updated in October 2021. Pick up the nearest book. Whether it’s fiction or...

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About Ali

I’m an author (of both fiction and non-fiction) and a freelancer, and though you’ll find me writing for a lot of the biggest writing blogs out there, Aliventures is my homebase online where I share articles on the art, craft and business of writing.

I live in Leeds (UK) with my husband and two kids, and I have degrees in English (MA Cantab, from Cambridge University) and Creative & Life Writing (MA, from Goldsmiths College, University of London).

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