BLOG BREAK Competition, Frustration and Mass Observation

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

As a teacher herself, Clare Helen Welsh knows a lot about how to transfer those classroom skills into being a writer. Even if you're not in education, her blog post is full of useful insights for the novice children's writer.

And here's more great writing advice from Addy Farmer, who's been thinking specifically about poetry for children. Check out her post for Notes from the Slushpile.

Apparently, I missed International Friendship Day at the end of July - let's hope I was being friendly nonetheless! Luckily, Story Snug is here to help me, with a blog post highlighting fabulous fictional friendships from children's literature.

Candy Gourlay is celebrating the release of her new historical novel, Bone Talk, with a terrific blog post. Even though I'd already read the novel, I still learned a lot about the world it's based in.

Kelly McCaughrain has been thinking about what we writers leave behind for future generations, and delving into the fascinating world of mass observation.

Mel Green hates writing competitions. So why does she keep entering them? Check out her blog post to find out.


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 explores: My Life as the Token Male.

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