Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here.

The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘Try to boil down your plot into a one-line pitch’

You’re thinking of writing a genre novel. It could be a razor-sharp thriller, a heart-warming love story or a fantasy novel that’s out of this world. So where do you start? How do you stand […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘Take what you know and love and make it your own’

So, you want to write a novel but you don’t know what kind; where do you start? You’ve been looking around and you see a lot about the ‘rules of fiction’ but what are these […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘No singer steps on a stage without warming up their voice. So, limber up, train your eye and ear and write, write, write’

  No singer steps on a stage without warming up their voice. So, limber up, train your eye and ear and write, write, write.   ‘Voice’ is a much-used – indeed over-used – word in […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘A novelist is like a film director.’

A novelist is like a film director. It is not enough to say: in this scene such-and-such happens to so-and-so. The novelist must decide how to portray such events happening. As a writer, it is […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

How Do I Write in my Chosen Genre?

Devote five minutes to writing down everything you observe with your senses – all you can see, hear, feel, smell and taste – and another minute of what’s called kinaesthesia: how your shoulder knows you’ve […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘Think visually; using a seed image to find inspiration’

Adapted from Complete Screenwriting Course   Ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere. They surface unexpectedly and partly formed, born out of your feelings, memories, concerns, experiences, to make themselves available for use. And one […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘Writers need to adopt a sense of real responsibility towards their work’

How can writers motivate themselves to start writing?   As unpleasant as it is, I think that all budding writers need to adopt a sense of real responsibility towards their work. Whatever project a writer […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘Only non-writers imagine that authors sit in an effort-free trance while their story descends from the skies’

When the ideas don’t come or things get tough, giving up is a drastic remedy. Try these warm up exercises first. from Write Short Stories and Get Them Published   The benefits of creating for […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘You may not be able to have your own shed or writer’s room, but do what you can and find what works best for you’

Writing wherever you can: finding a comfortable space in which to create from Complete Writing Course   Where do I write? Anywhere; wherever you can.   ‘The space can be humble, probably should be… and […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘Writers are no longer bound to the desk; they can write with the tools in their pocket’

Getting started: Apps and software that help organise your writing schedule from Write a Novel in Ten Minutes A Day   In reality, twenty-first-century writers won’t have any idea of how to use a manual […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

‘Is it better to make yourself confront the blank page or let the ‘muse’ take you?’

There is a rumour that Charles Dickens would force himself to sit down every day and write 5,000 words. But then he was writing for a newspaper and paid by the word, so it was […]

Read More
Related Categories: 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 […]

Read More
Related Categories: The Future Bookshelf Blog

We use cookies to enhance your visit to us. By using our website you agree to our use of these cookies. Find out more.