BLOG BREAK Spreadsheets, Kites and Rewrites

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

Sometimes, dreams really do come true. Not by wishing really hard, but by working really hard. So let's permit our newest Crystal Kite winner Kathryn Evans to celebrate in a blog post (although she's so self-effacing that she spends most of it congratulating the other shortlisted writers!)

Chitra Soundar has been writing her first 8+ book for a while. In fact, she's rewritten it fifteen times! But that turns out to be a good thing, as Chitra explores her creative process in an engaging blog post.

Natascha Biebow is layering. Not just to cope with the changeable British weather, but also to create the perfect picture book with voice and heart. Read her post for Picture Book Den.

Justin Davies has been doing some active procrastination by reorganising his pin-board, and getting into some serious creative archaeology in the process. What ideas will Justin rediscover as he digs through the layers on his wall? Find out in his blog post.

For me, spreadsheets are a necessary evil. But if you go pale at the idea of even opening Excel, you may like to read Sarah Broadley's tips for crafting the perfect submission tracking spreadsheet.

We come full circle with Candy Gourlay's latest blog. Candy isn't just someone who has her own dreams - she helps others to realise theirs, as evidenced by a heartwarming video she received from Miriam College Middle School. In a reflective blog post, Candy considers the rewards and responsibilities of taking on the role of a wise mentor.


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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 blog finds him with too many topics and only one post to fit them into - Oh, The Agony of Choice.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including my post Nick! I'm in superb company once again.


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