A very warm welcome to Aliventures!
I’m Ali Luke, and there’s more about me and the blog here.
Whether you’re an experienced writer or just getting started, you’ll find something here for you. Aliventures is about making the most of your writing time. That might mean valuing your writing more, learning techniques to help you focus better, or developing your craft so that you’re producing the best work you can.
A lot of what I write applies to both fiction and non-fiction writing: I love doing both and many Aliventures readers feel the same way. From time to time, though, I’ll post about a specific area like novel-writing or freelancing.
Below, I’ve rounded up some of my best posts to gets started with, followed by links to some of the key resources here on Aliventures. Dig in and enjoy!
For All Writers:
Are Your Writing Dreams Unrealistic?
While some writers do have unrealistic and unreasonable expectations, most don’t. In this post, I contrast “realistic” and “unrealistic” dreams (and, hopefully, you’ll feel encouraged about your chances of achieving yours).
Can You Call Yourself a “Writer” if You’re Not Currently Writing?
I’ve taken plenty of breaks from writing over the years, particularly around the births of my two children. If you’re feeling uncomfortable or anxious about a fallow stage in your own writing life, this post might help.
The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)
Whether you’re editing a blog post or a novel, simply starting at the first word and fixing every spelling mistake as you go along isn’t going to be an efficient way to work. Here, I explain the three stages of editing, offering tips to help you with each.
Choosing the Right Viewpoint and Tense for Your Fiction (With Examples)
Should you write in first-person, third-person, or even second-person? And should you tell your story in the past or present tense? In this post, I run through your options, and give you examples of each in practice.
When and Why You’ll Want to Pay People to Help You Write
If you want to get your novel published, or if you want to successfully self-publish it, you’re going to want to pay for some help at some stage. This post takes you through your options and helps you decide what might work best for you right now.
Stylised Talk: Writing Great Dialogue [With Examples]
Some writers love dialogue, others struggle with it. Whether it comes naturally to you or not, this post will give you tips for making your dialogue even better. I’ve included examples to make it easier to see dialogue in action.
How I Make My Living as an Online Writer (And How You Could Too)
Freelancing is just one way to make money from your writing. If you’re interested in adding in some extra income streams, this post runs you through the ones that I’ve used over the past seven years, with further reading links and indications of how much you can expect to make with each method.
Freelance Writing: Ten Steps, Tons of Resources
This is (currently) the longest post on Aliventures, so I’d suggest bookmarking it. You can dip in and out for ideas and inspiration, or use it as a step-by-step guide to getting started as a freelance writer.
Why Every Writer Should be Guest Posting
This is the first post in a three-part series about guest posting: writing for other people’s blogs to promote yourself or your books. Find out why guest posting is such a powerful technique, and how you can make it work for you.
Self-Study Seminar Packs
Each pack costs $20 or you can get the full set of six packs (that’s 24 seminars!) for just $50.
Six-Week Online Courses
Each course costs $60 at full price and lasts six weeks, with a further four weeks of help and support after the course ends. (If you’ve taken a previous course, make sure you use your reward card discount from completing modules on time: email me at email@example.com and let me know which course you want to purchase so I can send you your special discount link.)
Recent Blog Posts
How Long Does it Take to Write 1000 Words?
This post was first published in April 2020 and updated in May 2023. Whether you’re working on a novel, blog post, academic essay, or any other big project, it’s really helpful to know roughly how long it takes to write 1000 words. Maybe it’s your daily target for...
Five Creative Uses of ChatGPT for Writers (Even if You Hate the Idea of AI Writing Software)
Whatever type of writing you do, you’ve almost certainly come across ChatGPT – a conversational AI (artificial intelligence) tool that can take a “prompt” and return human-sounding writing…
Five Options for Telling Your Story in a Non-Linear Way … and Why You Might Want To
Stories have a beginning, middle, and end … but they don’t necessarily need to be told in that order. Plenty of stories follow the advice given to Alice by the King in Alice in Wonderland: “Begin at the beginning […] and go on …