BLOG BREAK Achievements, Awards and Advice

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

BookTrust's current writer in residence Candy Gourlay was lucky enough to be invited to their Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony for Jan Pieńkowski. Like many of you, Jan Pieńkowski's books were a big part of my childhood and my children's childhood. It's wonderful to read Candy's comprehensive report on the event.

I really enjoy writing a synopsis, but I'm prepared to accept that I'm in the minority! For everyone who struggles, here's a very useful guide by Ann Brady, which clearly sets out what you need to do to succeed.

Kelley Donner's blog post about how her picture book Ball! Ball! Ball! is being used in special education classes provides a heartening example of how books can help all kinds of children, whatever their abilities.

Have you ever been nominated for an award and lost? Lu Hersey knows exactly how you feel, in a blog post that reflects on the pain of losing and the futility of jealousy.

Addy Farmer is a writer. A WRITER, I tell you. But that's not the point of her latest blog post, because Addy is doing all sorts of other creative things, and wants to share with you the ways you can diversify, but still have fun.

'You can never go back' is good advice, as Tracy Darnton discovers to her cost when she revisits the teen girl magazines of the 1970s. Is there a better way to talk to modern girls without body-shaming or encouraging them to obsess over boys? Tracy thinks there is.


*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 post is Further Adventures in Illustration

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