BLOG BREAK Joy, Wonder and Other Good Things

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

The world has been a dark, dangerous and discouraging place of late. So let's have some fun!

Jennifer Moore kicks off proceedings by introducing her revolutionary Reality Deflecto Shield. But what is it? You'll have to read her blog post to find out.

Jess Butterworth has just had her first book published and joy is the order of the day! Check out her whirlwind week.

On Big Little Tales, Alina Surnaite shares the story of a spread from her debut picture book, evoking A Sense of Wonder.

Is there anything better than fan mail? Peter Bunzl shares the awesome Cogheart letters and drawings he received after a recent visit to St Mary the Mount RC Primary School.

OK, now for the slightly more educational section of the Blog Break. Rowena House has written a very useful post summarising different plotting and outlining techniques, for the writer who has everything except a clue of where their novel is going.

For those considering self-publishing, purple-haired human dynamo BB Taylor has the blog post for you, laying out the whole process from start to finish as she rides The Rollercoaster of Self Publishing.

Finally, Chitra Soundar is struggling with her inner puppy. Should said puppy be let loose to run and play all day as a full-time writer, or should she hang on to the leash (and her day job). It's a dilemma that many of us face, skillfully explored in this blog post.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Melany Pietersen

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. i love seeing everyones blogs and being able to catch up on everyones journeys thanks Nick x

  2. Ditto. Especially interested in yours, BB


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