BLOG BREAK Onwards and Upwards

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

Am I getting better as a writer? Or worse? Although that's a question I've often thought about, it's actually Sally Poyton doing the asking, in her latest blog post. Even though Sally has had some truly appalling luck on her writing journey, her level-headed assessment of her achievements makes me think she's firmly on an upward track.

Emma Perry's My Book Corner is doing a top job of interviewing children's authors, many of them from SCBWI-BI. This week's guest is Barbara Henderson, who talks about happiness, forgetfulness and wilderness (aka her latest novel Wilderness Wars)

I'd be the first to admit that I have trouble getting started with writing, especially something brand new. But Meredith Vigh seems to have the opposite problem - she can't stop! Her post on obsessive writing gives us the low-down.

Now for two posts on the importance of naming. Lucy Rowland wrote about picture book titles for Words & Pictures a few months ago, but now she's expanded on that post for Picture Book Den. Meanwhile, at Notes from the Slushpile, Kathryn Evans is focusing on how to choose character names. I love her cunning idea of harvesting the post-it notes from her book signings!

What are stories for? Considering she's previously been doing her best to ignore the question, Claire Watts does a great job of answering it

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.
Twitter: @nick_w_cross
Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post explores My Life as the Token Male.

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