Novelist John Lynch defines the narrative arc and talks about the classic three- or five-act structure. Do you use it? Should you?
Punctuation tends to produce strong reactions. Either you love it or you hate it. But one thing is certain as writers, we all need it. In today's encore post, Dominic Selwood, author member, delights in punctuation so much so that he's taken the time to write a guide to punctuation for the 21st century writer. Today he tells us why - and also helps us learn to stop worrying and love punctuation! You can make punctuation fun too.
Why you need to make sure your writing is the best it can be before you invest in marketing it - tough love on the importance of writing craft from ALLi Author Advice Center Manager Debbie Young, herself the author of a series of cozy mysteries
How many books do you work on at a time? Whether it's one or a dozen, this post will give you ideas of other ways of managing your works-in-progress and help you decide whether to stick with your current practice or try another way in the interests of productivity.
Do you struggle to get new book ideas off the starting blocks? Falter along the way? Read about the three top tips that Debbie Young has found helpful in driving her own productivity as an author of multiple titles in different genres.
Thinking of turning your books into audio? Make sure they're the best they can be by following writing coach and radio professional Jules Horne's six simple tips for writing with audiobooks in mind from the outset.
Used to using Word for your writing but wondering whether it's worth giving Scrivener a try? Let Alison Clifford tell you why she's glad she's made the switch - which was much easier than she thought!
Effective self-editing enables you to submit a cleaner ms to your chosen editor, so any tip that helps you improve your self-editing process has to be worth considering - like to give Margaret Skea's editing backwards technique a try?
Like to write more convincing dialogue in your fiction? Let professional editor Richard Bradburn alert you to the ancient Greek technique of "maid and butler dialogue" - and convince you why you should avoid it now!
Whether you're a planner or a pantser, you'll find John Lynch's review of the Plottr plotting tool may help you turn out more flowing, flawless stories faster.
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.