Ten-Minute Blog Break - 11th April

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Nick Cross writes:
Almost two decades after the word "weblog" was first coined, with social media ever more picture and video focused, the humble blog can sometimes feel like a relic from the past. But I'm pleased to see that lots of our SCBWI-BI members still view them as an important form of self-expression. Let's celebrate that and read some blogs!

When you have kids, their exams can almost be more stressful for you than they are for them. So imagine how Dave Cousins felt as he sat down to watch his son's A-level drama performance, and discovered the group had adapted Dave's own book 15 Days Without a Head! Dave tells us all about it in an emotional blog post.

Can you ever be too old for picture books? I can hear the cries of "No!" from here, and Chitra Soundar agrees with you. In her post for Picture Book Den, Chitra shares her tips for making the most of school visits with older primary children.

Miriam Halahmy is talking about author visits too, from the perspective of someone promoting a high-interest low-reading-age book. Miriam was unsure about how her latest work Yasmin's Journey would go down with a broader school audience, but was pleasantly surprised at the reception.

Like many of us, Mel Green is on an epic writing journey that sometimes feels impossible. Luckily, she has her stalwart North-West SCBWI group with her, as she tells us in her Lord of The Rings themed post.

Kellie Jackson has another event report from her London salon for us, this time with historical fiction writer Essie Fox. Whether you're writing something set in the past or not, there's some great advice and links to useful resources in Kellie's blog post.

Finally, it's not a SCBWI blog, but I couldn't resist this down-to-earth post by Kate Maryon on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, all about the unexpected realities and joys of simply being a "good enough writer".


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 asking the question Can Acting Make You a Better Writer?.


  1. You procrastinating on our blogs then, Nick? Ah kidding! Thank you for the shout. And great to be featured with other amazing bloggers.

  2. Great to dip in and out & get a sense of everyone's writing life. Such diverse interests. Cheers for the mention Nick - very nice to be included.

  3. Thanks for the mention Nick. Enjoyed reading these, especially Chitra's picture book workshops. It made me want to go and join in!


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