Ten-Minute Blog Break - 3rd September

This is Nick back from holiday (many thanks to Celia J. Anderson for her inspired deputising on the Blog Break last week). I always love it when a theme emerges from the SCBWI blogs, and (appropriately) this week is all about the benefits of taking a creative break.

Bryony Pearce has been switching her brain off on holiday, but paradoxically finding that it stokes her creative inspiration. Interestingly, Lorraine Gregory is seeing almost exactly the same effect - her hectic rundown of her summer holiday activities makes me feel tired, but she's now raring to get back to her latest book. Finally, Trish Phillips tried to take time off from her dog illustrations by going for a walk on the beach, only to find inspiration running around and wagging its tail!

Katherine Lynas blogs on the funeverse about what to do when a creative break isn't self-imposed, but caused by a complete lack of ideas. Katherine's post is full of fun suggestions for how to get those creative juices flowing again. Anyone up for writing a poem about pineapples, gorillas and golf?

I would have loved to go to the Demention bloggers' Edinburgh Festival events, but will have to make do with the next best thing, which is Teri Terry's report on their two sold-out appearances. SCBWI authors as dystopian superstars - who knew?


Nick Cross is a children's writer, blogger and all-round techno-ninja. In 2010 he was a winner of Undiscovered Voices with his zombie comedy Back from the Dead.

If you haven't tried it already, check out Nick's latest creation, The Amazing Rejectomatic.


  1. This seems to be encouraging me to go on holiday more. I approve.

  2. Completely agree with Bryony about switching off your brain - I think too hard sometimes.
    Thanks again Nick for some great choices.

  3. I definitely could o with a holiday to relight my energy for writing again. I have been travelling a lot over summer, but not for relaxing holidays, for my other passion of Motorsport. I am now left feeling draining knowing I have 2 more races to too still. I am hoping the cold long nights of winter, cosy at home will get my passion back as it will allow me more time to myself with my laptop :)


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