I’m Launching a New Blog (So Things Will Be Quiet on Aliventures This Month)

You might remember that a few months ago, I mentioned that I was going to be launching a new blog about blogging.

Well … it’s nearly ready!

If you’re a blogger and you want to hear more about it as it launches, just pop in your email address in the box below:

If you’re not a blogger – well, this is good news for you too, because it means I won’t be publishing any blogging-related content on Aliventures in future. (I’m also going to be moving some old posts over to the new site.)

For the next few weeks, I won’t be posting on Aliventures while I get the new site up and running. If you’re looking for something to read in the meantime, head over to the Aliventures archive and check out any past posts you might have missed.

(I’ll be back on Aliventures and posting as usual from mid June onwards.)

About

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.

You can buy them all from Amazon, or read them FREE in Kindle Unlimited.

What’s a Character Arc, Who Needs One, and Why?

You’ve probably come across the idea of a “character arc” before now … but what is it, and why’s it called that?

A character arc isn’t the same thing as your plot. It’s the progression of your character as a person throughout your story.

You might also think of it as your character’s “inner journey” or think of it as them truly becoming the person they’re meant to be.

It’s called an “arc” because you can imagine it plotted on a graph. Character arcs will normally follow an upward trajectory – where your character increasingly becomes a better person – though some will instead trend downward, where a character goes from good to bad, or bad to worse. (more…)

About

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.

Start Here

If you’re new, welcome! These posts are good ones to start with:

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

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

What to Do When Your Writing Goals Seem a Long Way Off

If you’d like more suggestions, head to the “Start Here” page:

My Novels

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

You can buy or sample them on your local Amazon, or read all three FREE in Kindle Unlimited.

Seven Common Problems Writers Have With Characters

Most writers love creating characters and writing about them – but it can be a struggle to get characters right. If you’re normally quite plot-focused, you might find yourself creating characters who are lifeless “pegs” that fit into the right-shaped spaces in your...

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Making Bad Things Happen to Good Characters

Do you have a hard time hurting your characters? Maybe it’s pretty easy with some of them. (For me, villains are fair game, and Woobies seem to invite a fair amount of suffering.) But chances are, you’ve either got characters who you hate to hurt…

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Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters

Whether you consider plot to be more important than character or you believe they’re just two sides of the same coin, it’s clear that character matters. Readers want characters who are engaging and interesting: characters who seem real. Novelists often talk about...

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