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!
Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz may not be the obvious role model for a writer - but as Lee McKenzie explains in…
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