BLOG BREAK Brain Tuning, Book Sales and Brackets

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

Shouldn't I be writing the Blog Break? Maybe in a minute, once I've checked my email. Wait, is there anything on Facebook? What about Twitter...

Stop this procrastination Mr Cross! You need to read Juliet Clare Bell's excellent blog post for Picture Book Den about why we procrastinate and what we can do about it.

Kelly McCaughrain has earned a reputation for 'telling it like it is' (and using copious memes to illustrate her blogs). But her latest post goes straight for the jugular. Make sure you never ask her: "So, how are your book sales?"

It's Halloween this week, which means I can thank Catherine Friess for this well-timed selection of skeleton and monster picture books.

I became unreasonably excited when I read Tracy Darnton's latest blog post, because someone else uses square brackets too! If you don't know what I'm blithering on about, then Tracy's list of the top six writing things you didn't know you needed is recommended reading.

Can you work on multiple writing projects at once? I have to confess that I struggle with this, so Paula Harrison's excellent tips for tuning in your brain are much appreciated.

Liz Flanagan has recently launched her new novel Dragon Daughter, a whirlwind exercise that she ably describes in her blog post Booksellers of Britain, I Salute You!


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 asks the question: Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Human Writers?.

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