Ten-Minute Blog Break - 28th February

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Nick Cross writes:
What goes on within the mind of a writer? If we could travel inside, Fantastic Voyage style, would we see thousands of neurons firing in orderly sequence or just a load of Numskulls running around, randomly throwing letters into wheelie bins? Our first blogger offers us the next best thing - a journey into her notepad...

Sally Poyton is the brave writer in question, giving us a forensic Autopsy of a Notepad. Some of the stuff she finds in there seems to surprise even her!

For our second post, here's Sally Poyton. Er, again. Blogging this time for her other site Space on the Bookshelf, Sally shares an inspiring example of assembling a story sack on a super-tight budget of £10. Story sacks are a great way to help children engage with stories through play and learning, with the aim of helping them develop a love of reading.

Liz Flanagan was longlisted for the Branford Boase award earlier in the month, which is reason enough to give her a shout-out on Words & Pictures! But, as she tells us in her blog post, the award also celebrates the unique working relationship between author and editor.

Kellie Jackson seems to have a thriving sideline with the literary salons she co-hosts in London. Her latest blog post is a report about a session on publicity for writers with Ruth Ware. Ruth is both a former publicist and a NY Times bestselling novelist, and she shares lots of useful tips.

Meanwhile, Shana Nieberg-Suschitzky is having a Jane Austen moment, with her post for Big Little Tales. Shana shares some beautiful illustrations she's produced to accompany Mansfield Park as part of her entry for the House of Illustration’s 2017 competition.

Mel Green is standing on the end of a diving board, wondering whether to Take the Plunge. What lies below? The scary, shark-infested waters of agent submissions!

Finally, with World Book Day imminent, here are a couple of quick guides to making the most of it. Candy Gourlay has posted her Top Tips for a Perfect School Visit, as inspired by some especially efficient librarians. Kathy Evans, meanwhile, is thinking about the perfect costume, and putting on her Geek Girl glasses to look at the options.


Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. He is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile - his most recent post finds him Living in the Past.


  1. I am so happy to have you back - I missed Candy's post!!!

  2. I love these round-ups! So interesting to see all the shenanigans we are up to! Thanks, Nick.


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