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But sometimes, you have to be cruel to be kind...
So listen up, you 'orrible lot! Call yourselves writers? I've seen better writing on The Apprentice! Kathy Evans has set up a boot camp for miserable scribblers like you. Go on then - quick march over to Notes from the Slushpile before she gets angry. Yes, angrier than me. And no tweeting on the way, do you hear me?
Dave Cousins has a rather more gentle form of mental exercise in mind. Blogging at The Edge, he discusses how regular reading is vital for getting him into the zone for writing.
I was delighted to discover that there is finally a chapter of SCBWI British Isles covering Wales! David Thorpe tells us all about it in his post for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure (as a side note, how ironic is it that I found out this news while reading a blog set up by members of the Scattered Authors Society?)
It's been a good week for SCBWI authors on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, as Dawn Finch contributes a terrific post about writing non-fiction for children, and particularly how to transform it into an interactive experience for school visits. Love that Neolithic hamper!
Finally, as someone who grew up with Western storytelling, I always enjoy finding out about tales from other cultures. So it's great to read about Chitra Soundar's fabulous opportunity to take the ancient Indian stories she loves and transform them into an unexpected new form - children's activity books.
Nick Cross is an Undiscovered Voices winner and has recently received the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award, for his short story The Last Typewriter.
Click here to read Nick's latest blog post for Notes from the Slushpile.