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Eleni Kyriacou on how the editing process improved her debut novel

Someone famous once said that all writing is rewriting, and it wasn’t until my book, She Came To Stay, went through the editing process that I knew what they meant. Chosen by The Future Bookshelf’s […]

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‘Setting is the silent partner in the storytelling agreement’

‘Setting is the silent partner in the storytelling agreement’ There is a story about a mouse who takes a stroll in a deep, dark wood. This is no ordinary mouse, and these are no ordinary […]

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Guest Blog – Reading Games with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Unusual writing tips from the debut author of Harmless Like You, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.     Writing teachers tell their students, Read! Read every day. Read deeply — a poet’s entire corpus. Read widely — hop continents, […]

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Writing and Self-Doubt

In my experience, the most difficult part of writing is self-doubt. I find it impossible to write more than a few paragraphs when there is a voice in my head telling me that my writing […]

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Top 10 Tips for Writers (of Books) – Melissa Cox

Writing a book is really, really hard. It requires creativity, skill, concentration and most crucially, tenacity. The important thing to do is to accept this, and put the work in, knowing that the hard work […]

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From Fiction to Fact – Tracey Borman

2018 has been the busiest year of my writing career so far.  The reason is that not only has it seen the completion (and, shortly publication) of my new non-fiction book, but also the launch […]

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Thoughts on Writing Narrative Non-Fiction  – Lois Pryce

How do you make sure your story captures the imagination of potential readers, editors and publishers?   What’s the story? It’s not enough to merely relate a series of events. Think about the narrative of […]

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SHE CAME TO STAY – Eleni Kyriacou

Set in the fog-bound streets of London in 1952, She Came To Stay tells the story of Dina, a Greek Cypriot immigrant. Dina is working hard to build a better life, but when she meets the […]

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THE RETURNEES – Elizabeth Okoh

The Returnees, a work of contemporary women’s fiction, tells the story of twenty-five-year-old Osayuki Idahosa, an adventurous British Nigerian woman who has not returned to the country of her birth for many years. When her […]

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A LENGTH OF ROAD – Robert Hamberger

In 1841 the ‘peasant poet’ John Clare escapes from an asylum in Epping Forest, where he had been kept for four years, and walks over eighty miles home to Northamptonshire. In 1995, with his life […]

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Write a Novel in 10 Minutes A Day

Would you like to write but have no spare time? Do you not know where to begin? ‘The Ten-Minute Novel’ will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a […]

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Guest Blog – Writing Through Setbacks

How does a writer continue writing whilst faced with setbacks? Louise Walters gives her advice.     When I suggested this theme for my piece, I wasn’t fully aware of just how many setbacks there can […]

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