Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Episode 36 - Write Your Own Future with Ali Luke

Episode 36 - Write Your Own Future with Ali Luke

Topics We Explored:

  • Ali joins Charlie on the show to talk about the challenges of being a working writer, mother, and entrepreneur — and the “you can have it all” myth

  • How having two small children made her change the way she views her work and her business, and what she finds the biggest challenge in motherhood (with juggling parenthood and creative work)

  • Advice for up-and-coming writers, on how Ali was able to make a living writing blog posts for various sites and why she found writing fiction “10x harder” than blogging or writing her Dummies book

  • How do you know you’ve made it as a writer? (It’s not what you think)

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

About Ali Luke:

is an author, blogger, entrepreneur, and mother who blogs about writing on her website Aliventures. She is also the creator of Writers’ Huddle, a teaching community site for writers. She started writing online in 2008 and has since become a regular blogger on popular websites. She is also the author of Publishing E-Books For Dummies and the novel Lycopolis.

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Episode Timestamps

02:06 – How Ali got started in online writing.

04:28 – Knowing that jumping to blog writing was going to work as a long-term career and launching her first e-book.

05:58 – How easy it is to break into blogging.

08:14 – What staff blogging is.

09:18 – Why Ali enjoys waking up and writing every day.

10:45 – Switching from writing blogs to e-books and also her novel.

14:23 – How being pregnant and becoming a mother changed things in Ali’s career and writing.

19:13 – The challenge of balancing being an entrepreneur and being a mother.

25:04 – Some of the hardest aspects of going back to work after having children.

27:05 – The difficulty of making the transition from one thing to another.

34:49 – How the e-book world is growing and why that excites Ali.

38:20 – The fear people have of putting their work out there for people to see.

46:32 – The most unanticipated challenge Ali is currently facing.

51:07 – If Ali can succeed in being a mom, author, blogger, and entrepreneur, anybody can. There should be nothing stopping you.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Publishing E-Books For Dummies



Writers’ Huddle


Write to Done

Men with Pens

The Creative Pen


Daily Blog Tips

Staff Blogging Course

Brian Clark

Dumb Little Man

Melissa Dinwiddie


Stephen King

Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James

The Quotable Coach, Barry Demp

Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.