Taking a Writing Break for the End of 2020

Taking a Writing Break for the End of 2020

How has 2020 been for you, as a writer?

Maybe it’s been a surprisingly good year. Perhaps, with social events cancelled, and no commute to work, you’ve found it easy to find time to write.

But maybe it hasn’t gone like that.

Most of the writers I know have had a tough year. They’ve been homeschooling their kids during lockdown, or they’ve been worried about catching Covid-19 and exacerbating an existing condition.

They’ve been missing family and friends, and support networks like local writing groups. They’ve found it really hard to write at home, but been unable to go to libraries or coffee shops.

For me, 2020 has been a busier year than any I can remember. I’ve written some fiction, but nowhere near the whole novel draft I’d hoped to write. Almost all the posts I’ve published on Aliventures have been updated versions of older ones, not new material.

If you, like me, haven’t written as much as you wanted – then please don’t feel bad about it. This has been a really tough year for so many people. Frankly, simply getting through 2020 is an achievement in itself.

Things are starting to look better, though. Many countries (sadly not mine!) are doing a great job of controlling the pandemic. There are vaccines on the horizon.

Hopefully, 2021 will be a better year for us all.

If you can, take a break from writing over the Christmas / New Year period, so you can start 2021 feeling at least somewhat refreshed. You might want to deliberately put your writing on hold for a bit, rather than racing to meet any self-imposed deadlines.

If you feel like doing some reading about writing, or some gentle preparation for what you’re going to write in 2021, check out these Aliventures resources:

  • The Self-Study Packs – these are sets of seminars from the old version of Writers’ Huddle, where I ran monthly seminars. (The new version is just focused on the community elements which makes it a lot cheaper for you.) Each set of seminars comes with nicely edited transcripts, in case you prefer to read instead of listen.
  • Get Writing [ON SALE!] – a set of resources to help you dip into, or go further with, different areas of writing. It’s currently on half-price sale, at $10 instead of $20. If if you join the Aliventures newsletter, you can use your 35% discount code on top of that, making it just $6.50. 

I’ll be taking some time off from blogging until late January, first to spend more time with family, then to create some new resources and line up some new posts for 2021.

If you don’t want to miss any posts once I’m back, make sure you join the Aliventures newsletter. That way, you’ll get my blog posts (as well as exclusive newsletter articles) straight to your inbox.

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.

Three Types of Self-Confidence That Will Help Your Writing Career (and How to Boost Yours)

Three Types of Self-Confidence That Will Help Your Writing Career (and How to Boost Yours)

This post was originally published in March 2017 and updated in November 2020.

What’s holding you back from writing?

A lot of writers say their biggest problem is “finding time” … but sometimes the underlying problem is really a lack of self-confidence.

Maybe other priorities keep crowding out your writing.

Maybe you feel that there’s not much point writing because it’s so hard to get published.

Maybe you enjoy writing but you secretly worry you’re not very good at it.

All of those problems can show up as “I don’t have time” when really, you might find that you could make the time if only you had more confidence.

Self-confidence doesn’t mean having an unshakable (but potentially unwarranted!) certainty that you’re an excellent writer. It’s more about being able to value yourself and your writing, and being able to put your writing out there into the world without feeling unduly anxious about doing so.

As I see it, there are three types of self-confidence that you can develop as a writer:

  • Confidence in your writing itself – the nuts and bolts of the craft
  • Confidence in your ability to get things done – seeing projects through
  • Confidence that your writing is worthwhile – it’s important and it matters

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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:

Archives

Want to see all the posts on Aliventures?

Just head on over to the Archive:

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.

How to Make Faster Progress on Your Writing Project: Ten Crucial Steps

How to Make Faster Progress on Your Writing Project: Ten Crucial Steps

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

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

What do you want to achieve with your writing? You might have all sorts of goals. Perhaps: You want to win a short story competition.
You want to make an extra $500/month freelancing. You want to make a full-time living as a fantasy novelist. You want to sell 100,000 copies of your latest book…

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When to Give Up On Your Writing Project … and When to Keep Going

When to Give Up On Your Writing Project … and When to Keep Going

Have you ever given up on a big writing project part-way through – perhaps after months or years of work? I’ve abandoned plenty (three novels and two blogs, at the last count). I’ve also stuck with others even when I thought of quitting. If you’re currently struggling with a major project …

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Nine Different Ways Writers Can Make Money by Writing

Nine Different Ways Writers Can Make Money by Writing

Do you sometimes feel like you’ll never make any money (or enough money) from your writing? Perhaps the money isn’t your main goal – like most writers, you probably write because you love it. However, you might also want the opportunity to do what you love for a living. In my early years as a writer, as a teenager and…

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