When Can You Call Yourself a “Writer”?

This is a question that comes up a lot for newer writers. When can I call myself a “writer”? Well, there’s no rule about it. Being a writer isn’t like being a doctor or a lawyer – you don’t need any special qualifications. That can be very helpful, but it can also be...

Seven Things to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up on Writing

Should you just stop writing? Is it taking up your time, taking up your energy, taking up your life … and not giving anything back? Most writers go through times when they feel like giving up. It’s a normal and natural, if difficult, stage in the writing life....

Is Writing a Novel a “Someday” Dream for You?

  Are you thinking of writing a novel someday? Maybe you’re waiting because you don’t have an idea, yet. Maybe you’re waiting because you don’t have much time, right now. Maybe you’re waiting until you feel more confident: until you’re a good enough writer to tackle...

When to Give Up On Your Work-in-Progress (and When to Keep Going)

This post was inspired by a discussion a while back in the Writers’ Huddle forums. Have you ever given up on a 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...

Is Your Writing Art – and Should it Be?

Welcome to the revamped Aliventures! If you’re reading this by email or RSS, you might want to pop over to the site (aliventures.com) to see how it looks. I’ve got a new tagline for the site, up there in the banner (along with the rather huge picture of...