Ten-Minute Blog Break - 11th November

How's NaNoWriMo treating you? You may think that writing a novel in a month is tough, but how about producing a whole comic in 24 hours (without sleep) like Sarah McIntyre did a couple of weeks ago?

I missed Sarah's blog when she first posted it, but it's well worth catching up on - there's tons of creative process, illustration technique and varying levels of sleep-deprivation into the bargain. Even better, you can read her whole comic Scribble here.

Something else that I missed in the wake of the conference was National Dyslexia Awareness week. Thankfully, Space on the Bookshelf had that all wrapped up with a series of Dyslexia-friendly book reviews. The series concludes with a review of Ransom Publishing's Star Struck books, which just happen to be co-authored by super SCBWI volunteer Anita Loughrey. Anita even gets her very own interview on the site.

Talking of the SCBWI conference, a brace of bloggers have crafted their thoughts on the weekend. Kate Peridot found that exhilaration (and not exhaustion) overwhelmed her, as she dreamed of being up on that Saturday Book Launch stage. Sarah Broadley has already blogged about the conference once, but comes back for a second bite of the cherry to detail her session with Melvin Burgess. And Loretta Schauer pays tribute to Outstanding Contribution Award winner Anne Marie Perks, then shares a wonderful picture of Nick Butterworth's Halloween party "friend" (by the way, was it just me, or was there a touch of Harry Hill in Nick's delightful keynote speech?)

As a writer, I've always been inspired by contemporary people and their stories. Yet, I know that some people are drawn to places and legends to drive their imagination, which seems to be the case for David Thorpe. In an evocative blog post for Awfully Big Blog Adventure, David talks about the inspirations for his new YA novel Stormteller (which also manages to have a contemporary theme).

Finally, not content with blogging on this site just yesterday, Natascha Biebow also wrote a piece for Picture Book Den. Following up her post on breakout picture book premises, Natascha delights in picture book plot twists that zing!


A SCBWI member since 2009, Nick Cross is an Undiscovered Voices winner who currently writes children's short fiction for Stew Magazine.

Nick's most recent blog is all about the reasons Why You Should Support Stew Magazine, as they launch their Kickstarter campaign.

1 comment:

  1. A great collection of literary goodies there, Nick! Thanks again for including my effort in there!


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