Rhythm is an obvious element in poetry but it’s just as important in stories, novels, even essays. As timing is to the sportsman or comedian, so rhythm is to the writer. Today, Bill Kirton ALLi author member, examines writing rhythm across literature.
For an indie author, maintaining control over our work is often one of the reasons we choose to be and stay indie. We want control of our covers, our plots, our characters. And why not, it's our business. Author member JJ Toner explores what control really means for indie authors.
Novelist John Lynch defines the narrative arc and talks about the classic three- or five-act structure. Do you use it? Should you?
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
As authors, it's important that we're free to write the things we feel most strongly about. Whether that's the travel and cultures we've experienced or the made-up fantasy worlds of our imaginations. But we also need to be sensitive to the nuanced differences between our own culture and the ones we write about. Virginia King discusses the boundary between characterisation and cultural stereotype.
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.
A handy checklist of ALLi editors' favourite tips for indie authors on how to self-edit your book more effectively before passing it across to your chosen editor for the final polish
Grab inspiration for your new writing year by revisiting some of the best posts about writing craft from the ALLi blog in 2018 - from what makes you a writer to how to be better one - and earn more money from your self-published books!
Which you prefer to write in? First person or third? Read Julia J Simpson's spirited case for first-person point of view and see whether you agree!
Need a change of scene to sit and write for a while? Want to escape the noise and bustle of home? Read Helena Halme's top five places to write away from home to help you write better, faster, and more consistently.
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!