BLOG BREAK Costas and Impostors

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

Diversity was a big subject in 2018, and I'm sure the same will be true of 2019 - some change does seem to be happening in the publishing industry, but very, very slowly. It's up to all of us to keep talking about it, so here's Chitra Soundar and a great blog post for Picture Book Den. Using the CLPE Reflecting Realities report as a springboard, Chitra considers how she can become a better, more inclusive writer.

Candy Gourlay may have left Facebook, but she's still blogging. Phew. Her blog post about how she made the most of the opportunity offered by her Costa Book Award shortlisting is stuffed with brilliant insights.

I've only heard the term impostor syndrome in the last couple of years, but I've suffered from it for much longer! I felt it very acutely when appearing on The Hook at the recent SCBWI-BI conference, and it seems that my fellow contestant Sarah Broadley did too. Read Sarah's blog post all about her experiences.

Are you sick of being stuck in the house this January? Ann Brady has some inventive suggestions for where else you could be writing.

Kelly McCaughrain doesn't just kill her darlings, she sets fire to them and shoots them into space. Probably. Her post for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure has some fantastic wisdom about how to let go of those words that are dragging your story down.


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 documents his experience with pitching his novel at the SCBWI-BI conference: What Next? Life after The Hook.

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