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The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘If the creative juices aren’t flowing, there are ways to trick yourself into “the zone”’

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, sitting down to confront a blank page and be creative to order is a hard task – even if you had an incredibly productive day yesterday, or you’re […]

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‘Altering my physical space automatically changes my state of mind and enables me to start work’

How should writers find space to write?   I suppose this is a matter of mental head space and physical space – both of which are a bit of a luxury. Once you’re in a […]

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‘Focus on the chunk of work that you can do’

How should a writer plan their schedule?   There’s a great joke that goes, ‘How do you eat a whale?’ and the answer is, ‘One bite at a time.’ It’s the same for writers. Novels […]

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‘Genre is the bounded canvas on which good authors are able to innovate’

Genre matters. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Each genre has a particular style, flow, set of conventions, and means of communicating essential ideas to its audience. Take, for instance, my genre, crime fiction. […]

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How Do I Create Space to Write?

Create some time and find a quiet place to sit and think. Imagine there’s a screen in your mind and you can put any image there. When you find an image, ask yourself: where, who, […]

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Recommended reading: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series

Harriet explains her love of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series in today’s Recommended Reading.     After a long childhood love affair with Jacqueline Wilson’s stories I fell into the awkward early-teenage years with nothing […]

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What we read this month: August 2016

What were our favourite reads this month? Read rave reviews from Team Just Write.   The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla This is a very important, very timely collection on what it means to be […]

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Guest Blog – Point of View

Which point of view do you choose? Jane Lythell discusses the advantages and disadvantages of first and third person narration.     I think one of the most important questions a writer faces when starting […]

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Recommended reading: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising: a strong addition to the science fiction and fantasy genres.   As a mere 20 year-old man, it is a fair analysis to say my view of literary trends is marred by my youth. […]

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On writing Marlow’s Landing

How debut writer Toby Vieira channeled his inner Joseph Conrad and came up with Marlow’s Landing.      I knew I had to do something about it from the moment I set foot in that […]

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Guest Blog – All the Voices in My Head

The importance of voice, as told by The Prime Writers‘ Louise Beech.     For me, the greatest freedom in writing is voice. It’s the most difficult thing to define, to describe, to categorise, to […]

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What we read this month: July 2016

What were our favourite reads this month? Read rave reviews from Team Just Write.   Saga Volumes 3, 4 and 5 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples I am very late to this party, […]

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