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But how to go about selecting just a handful of posts from the 800 plus that have graced these pages since March 2013? I wanted to be at least mildly scientific about it, so I employed RSS, some XML processing and a bit of scary Excel pivot table business, resulting in a certified top five rundown of Blog Break contributors. Cue the Top of the Pops music...
While searching Sam's blog, I found a post that he made before the Blog Break started, but which nevertheless is a great distillation of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a successful illustrated book. Take a look at the post-it-tastic rough draft of Sam's debut picture book The Nowhere Box.
in-depth interview with them last year on this very site.
For Sally, it was a little trickier to choose, especially as she's written such wonderfully honest blog posts about the highs and lows of publishing. But in the end, it's the creative work that counts, so enjoy this wonderful peek into her sketch books.
Philippa is especially interested in world-building and is great at writing open-ended blog posts that use examples of other fictional worlds to trigger you to explore your own writing. In tribute to her great love of dressing up, this blog post examines how dress affects both the writer and their characters' mindset.
In fact, she's written so many engrossing posts that I thought choosing one would be an impossible task. But then I remembered this gem: the secret truth behind Sarah's seemingly endless productivity.
The first two tell the story of Candy's tortuous, fascinating and ultimately triumphant struggle to write her second novel Shine:
- A Tale of the Unexpected: how I tried to write a vampire novel
- What I Learned from Writing My Second Novel
Thank you, thank you, thank you to SCBWI-BI for all your blogs, your comments and your attention over the last three years. The Blog Break may be over, but I'm not going anywhere.
Nick Cross is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.
Nick's most recent short story Todd Tempest Investigates can be found in issue 11 of Stew Magazine.