Summer Reading: Seven Posts You Might Have Missed
I’m taking a few weeks off from blogging, so regular posts will resume mid-September. In the meantime, here are seven of my favourite posts from the past seven months for you to enjoy:
What exactly does it mean to be a writer? And how do you go about becoming one? That’s what I set out to answer in this post, offering ten simple but important steps you can take if you want to be a writer.
Do you ever feel stuck for ideas? If you’re struggling to come up with an idea for your latest blog post or short story, this piece should help. I offer some different techniques to try (and take a look at what not to do).
Whatever type of writing you do, the faster you can do it, the better — so long as you still enjoy it, of course. Through many years of writing freelance articles and fiction, I’ve learnt a lot about how to get words down fast. I share my best tips in this post.
Have you stalled part-way through a project? A lot of writers find that they feel inspired and motivated when starting something new … only to end up losing momentum part-way in. This post goes through some ways to keep up your motivation for the long haul.
No one wants to write a bad piece — but what exactly does “bad” look like? In this post, I look in detail at a draft piece of fiction, showing where the writing is sub-par … and demonstrating how to go about fixing it.
It’s easy to think of “editing” as simply meaning fixing typos and mistakes … but there’s a lot more to editing than that. Ideally, you want to approach editing in three distinct stages. I run through them in this post, and offer some tips for self-editing your work.
It can take time (and a whole lot of effort) to see success as a writer. These seven habits are great ones to cultivate: they’ll all help you go further with your writing, whether you’re a blogger, freelancer, or fiction writer.
You might also want to check out my new Resources page, featuring my favourite writing (and blogging) software and tools.
I’m Ali Luke, and I live in Leeds in the UK with my husband and two children.
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