2017 Roundup: Did You Miss Any of These Aliventures Posts?

18 Dec 2017 | Motivation

I’m going to be taking some time off over the Christmas and New Year period – so I won’t be blogging again until mid-January.

In the meantime, if you want a bit of holiday reading, here are some posts from 2017 you might like to catch up with … or re-read. (And if this isn’t enough for you, don’t forget that you can find all past posts here in the Archive.)

I’ve split these into categories so you can easily find the ones that will be most relevant for you and your goals:

Fiction writing:

Ten Book-Level Mistakes to Watch Out for When Redrafting Your Fiction (30th Jan)

Why Novellas are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers) (18th Mar)

Choosing Viewpoint Characters: What’s Right for Your Story? (8th May)


The Four Essential Qualities You Need for Freelance Writing Success (and How to Develop Them) (6th Feb)

What are Content Mills … and Why Should Freelancers Avoid Them? (26th Jun)

Can You Freelance Just on the Weekends? (4th Dec)


Why Your Self-Published Book Needs a Professional Cover (10th April)

How to Create a Free Blog or Website: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers (22nd May)

Why Novel Series Are So Popular with Indie Authors … and Readers (30th May)

Inspiration / motivation:

Seven Things to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up on Writing (20th Feb)

What to Do When Your Writing Goals Seem a Long Way Off (18th Sep)

Six Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing Environment (and Get More Done) (9th Oct)

Happy reading … and happy writing! I hope you have a wonderful start to 2018. 🙂 If you want to make sure you get posts as soon as I’m back, you can sign up to receive them by email (over in the right-hand sidebar) – or if you get my weekly newsletter, there’s always a link to the latest post in there.


I’m Ali Luke, and I live in Leeds in the UK with my husband and two children.

Aliventures is where I help you master the art, craft and business of writing.

My Novels

My contemporary fantasy trilogy is available from Amazon. The books follow on from one another, so read Lycopolis first.

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  1. David Cronk

    Hi, I really enjoyed your comments on procrastination which is the enemy of all writers and bloggers. So many times I attempt to write and I end up reading and reading however if I can write the first 2 sentences I will finish the article quickly. One hour of writing to 3 hours of fighting myself to start.
    David Cronk’s last blog post ..Things to Do in Indianapolis, Indiana

    • Ali

      Thanks David! Getting started is definitely half the battle. I find that I sometimes have to force myself to begin — like you, once I’m writing, it all feels a lot easier.

  2. Eileen

    I appreciate your practical, non-pushy, and positive approach. I have started a blog and find I have major gaps in the technical area. Even after reading and attempting to set up functions, I feel there are key components missing. I’m inclined to think a mentor/coach/teacher may be indicated since I am an old dog and would fit in with the ranks of computer illiterates. Would appreciate any guidance or contact resources.

    • Ali

      Aw, thank you, Eileen! Congratulations on starting your blog. It’s such a steep learning curve, isn’t it? You might find the blogs ProBlogger.com and DailyBlogTips.com useful — they’ve been going strong since before I started out (in 2008) and they’re packed with good advice. I’ve got a friend who may be able to help with mentoring/teaching — I’ll check with them and drop you an email, hope that’s OK.

  3. Hemendra

    Thanks for being there for us, the aspiring writers. I have been following and reading your posts since I discovered in Darren Browse blog. I have been blogging for six months and write about writing and motivation and inspiration. You are a true inspiration.
    We all need off time to rejuvenate us. Hope to see you very soon.

    • Ali

      Thanks for the lovely words, Hemendra! If there’s ever a particular topic you’d like me to cover here (or indeed on ProBlogger — I still guest post there fairly regularly), just let me know. 🙂

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