Ten-Minute Blog Break - 22nd September

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I've just about recovered from last Friday's SCBWI Agents' Party, which was as usual rather wonderful, rather frustrating (never enough time to talk to everyone, be they writers or agents) and completely overwhelming. Big thanks to the fantastic team who organised it!

So now, on to blogging. And more specifically, blogging on a subject I never thought I could find interesting - football. But Dave Cousins has managed the impossible with his post for The Edge about Premier League Reading Stars, an innovative programme that uses a love of football to drive literacy amongst reluctant readers. Back of the net! ;-)

Writing the first line of something is an activity that gives most writers pause. But how much have you analysed that all-important opening sentence? Well, Maureen Lynas is here to help, blogging for Notes from the Slushpile about the seven different kinds of first lines and much more.

Where am I? It's a question I often ask myself first thing in the morning, but for Larisa Villar Hauser it's more of a prompt for her first blog post in a while. Larisa continues her honest and helpful journey through the swamps of self-publishing, and seems to have found serenity on the way. Sounds good to me!

It's difficult finding new topics for blog posts, so congratulations to Alistair Lane for turning up something novel. His post on what we can learn about rhyming from Monty Python will have you singing inappropriate songs at inappropriate moments for the rest of the week.

Finally, Sarah's Towle's post Lesson from a Three Legged Dog does exactly what it says in the title. But it's also a charming meditation on human capability and the limits we must impose on ourselves from time to time, in order to reach our goals.


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. His children's short story The Drowners can be found in issue 9 of Stew Magazine.

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