Imagine your place on the bookshelf of the future

Take a piece of paper and a pen – or a felt tip and a whiteboard – and take a potent word from your last piece of writing. Write it in the middle of the page and circle it. Now start free-associating outwards, in chains of words and spider diagrams. Open up your mind to whatever turns up. When the page is full, draw lines between the words that feel connected. Are there any interesting combinations or oppositions? Where might they take your story?

 

 

 

Katherine Grubb, author of Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

Jurgen Wolff, author of Your Writing Coach

Louise Welsh, author of novels including The Cutting Room and A Lovely Way to Burn

Take a piece of paper and a pen – or a felt tip and a whiteboard – and take a potent word from your last piece of writing. Write it in the middle of the page and circle it. Now start free-associating outwards, in chains of words and spider diagrams. Open up your mind to whatever turns up. When the page is full, draw lines between the words that feel connected. Are there any interesting combinations or oppositions? Where might they take your story?

 

 

 

Anna Soler-Pont, founder and director of the Pontas Literary & Film Agency since 1992

 Stephen May, author of Get Started in Writing a Novel

Mike Gayle, author of novels including Turning Thirty, My Legendary Girlfriend and Mr. Commitment