Ten-Minute Blog Break - 2nd June

I'm not one to blow my own trumpet, but I achieved a long-standing ambition this week by joining the Notes from the Slushpile blog team! Do pop over and check out my post (once you've read the Blog Break, of course)

It is happening again. No, not Twin Peaks (though that's on the way), but the equally tense and surprising Undiscovered Voices! The UV team have their own blog and it's full of informative posts from previous winners. Check out Jane Hardstaff's success story, Claire Fayer's top middle grade tips and Jane McLoughlin's celebration of UV camaraderie.

Alistair Lane has the noble objective to write "the blog that I needed when I set out on this journey two years ago." Alistair's creative goal is writing rhyming picture books, so if that's your thing, check out posts one and two of his ongoing series - they're excellent examples of craft-oriented blogging.

Talking of excellent ongoing series, Claire O'Brien has posted the second of her picture book Spreads of Wonder. This month, she's looking at Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton.

The authors at The Edge continue to offer their own particular take on writing tips. Paula Rawsthorne eschews a one-size-fits-all approach, and suggests that "the very process of deciding what tips and rules work for you can be thought-provoking, stimulating and productive." Sara Grant meanwhile offers only one tip: "To be a writer you MUST be a reader," then expands passionately on why reading around your genre is so vital to success.

Finally, Space on the Bookshelf are pitching in with their usual gusto to discuss the Carnegie Medal, with reviews and other mini-features on the shortlisted books.


A SCBWI member since 2009, Nick Cross is a children's writer, Undiscovered Voices winner, occasional blogger, ex-zombie and part-time superhero for two hours every Wednesday evening (but only after putting the bins out).

His latest short story Hacking History can be found in issue 8 of Stew Magazine.

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