We talk and think a lot about writing craft, but what about the emotional strain of writing and self-publishing a book? New novelist Jan Petrie explains why the cliche of comparing it to childbirth is justified!
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Do you write standalone books but fancy writing a series? It may be easier than you think to make the transition. Read Kate Frost’s case study of how she almost inadvertently became a successful series writer and why she’s glad she did.
Wondering whether to take part in NaNoWriMo this November? Still wondering what on earth it is? Find the answers to these questions in Debbie Young’s practical, informative post drawing on case studies from other ALLi author members.
Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz may not be the obvious role model for a writer – but as Lee McKenzie explains in her post today, she’s just one of many artists working in other art forms from whom authors may draw inspiration and ideas. We learn a lot about writing from other writers, but sometimes […]
The first ever academic survey into the factors that lead to someone becoming a writer has started to unveil its findings. A novel self-published through soon to be defunct Createspace has been shortlisted for a major French literary prize, causing outrage amongst booksellers.
What makes a writer write? Find out whether your experience chimes with the initial feedback from important new research by Professor Alison Baverstock and team – with reactions also from key ALLi members.
Learn to boost the power of your fiction writing by borrowing dramatic techniques used to add power to story on screen and stage, following these five key tips from award-winning playwright Jules Horne
A moving and provocative post about the power of writing short-form prose and poetry as a means to healing, by Zambian author Danie Botha, who describes it as “a new survival tool”.
Have you ever used beta readers? Ever thought about being one? Read what Jo Ullah has to say about her experience of beta reading and why she thinks it’s made her a better writer.
A moving post about a novel bravely addressing a highly sensitive issue in Kenyan society – the persecution of people born with albinism – by award-winning playwright, poet and author Odiedo Stephen.