BLOG BREAK Savoury Words and Series Fiction

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

Geraldine McCaughrean’s recent Carnegie Medal acceptance speech (on not restricting complex language in children's fiction) has inspired a couple of our bloggers. Catherine Rosevear finds her thoughts returning to the rich language of Michael Bond's Paddington books. Meanwhile, Natascha Biebow has taken her favourite picture books off the shelf and dug into the "savoury" words that make their storytelling sing.

Juliet Clare Bell is in dangerous territory for a picture book writer - she's working on a novel! In an exhaustive post for Picture Book Den, she recruits fellow picture book writer/novelist friends to talk about mastering these two very different forms.

Last year at the SCBWI-BI Conference, we had a session about "Speed Dating with Stories," and now Jo Franklin has taken the comparison to its logical conclusion with her post for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure. How is online dating like submitting to agents? Rather more similar than we'd like to think...

Chitra Soundar didn't mean to write a picture book series, it just kind of happened. Her blog post details how the delightful Farmer Falgu took on a life of his own, and how Chitra's writing methods had to change to keep up with him!

Finally, Candy Gourlay is trying not to interrupt hersel... Wait? What was I saying? Oh, I forget. Anyway, go read Candy's blog post because it's full of good advice about how to keep your core story in the spotlight.


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 has advice for writers of fiction set within living memory: How to Keep Nostalgia in the Past.

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