BLOG BREAK Frustration, Illustration and Inspiration

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

Natalie Yates is struggling with a frustration common to many of us, the feeling that she isn't making enough progress with her writing. In a reflective blog post, she talks about how podcasts and even blogging itself are helping her to navigate a creative drought.

I loved John Shelley's blog-based tour of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and the riches contained within, with a particular focus on the epic pen and ink artworks of Willem Van Der Velde the Elder. John's enthusiasm and love of the sheer craft involved are infectious.

Another illustrator who's been busy on her holidays is Trish Phillips. Trish shares some wonderful sketches from her travels in Tuscany, along with a useful discussion of technique to offset any feelings of jealousy ;-)

Eloise Williams has a zombie story. Not a story about zombies, but a manuscript that simply refuses to stay dead. Should she indulge more of her precious writing time on it, or pull out the sawn-off shotgun?

It's a special thrill to see your book brought to life on stage, as Aerodynamics of Biscuits author Clare Helen Welsh explains in an exuberant blog post.

Finally, kid lit is as full of unsung heroes as any creative discipline. So please join Hilary Hawkes in celebrating the extraordinary (but undiscovered) talent of her grandmother, Rosina Ings.


*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 post finds him Coming Out with a really big secret!

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