BLOG BREAK Motifs and Musical Journeys

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

So you want to write a picture book? Paeony Lewis' terrific post for Picture Book Den crams in a whole load of useful advice for beginners and improvers.

I found Kathryn Evans' post on Highlighting the Heart of Your Story with Motifs almost too distracting, because I started thinking about the heart of my story instead of writing the Blog Break!

There's a SCBWI double-whammy at Story Snug, as Catherine Friess interviews John Condon about the story behind his debut picture book The Wondrous Dinosaurium.

I sniggered my way through Jennifer Moore's latest post, a musical tour of the ups and downs of a writer's life, soundtracked by a little-known band called The Beatles. Spotify playlist, please!

Here's a blog post to bookmark for next year, Mel Rogerson's incredibly useful guide to planning a successful visit to the Hay Festival.

I love the way that Candy Gourlay's posts form something of a continuum - she returns to familiar topics often, but always with a new angle or insight. Her latest post about her appearance at the Bare Lit Festival is a great example, being both an event report and a thoughtful discourse about diversity and inclusion.


Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post finds him walking a writing tightrope - Don't Look Down!

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