BLOG BREAK Creating Tension and Staying Analogue

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

Kelly McCaughrain's amazing year keeps on rolling, with the news that she's been appointed as Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland. But it isn't the glory or status that Kelly's interested in, more the fact that she gets her own office at last! Read all about it in her blog post.

Tension and foreshadowing are important tools to have in your writer's toolbox. Liz Flanagan gives us the benefit of her experience, with some notes from a recent workshop she gave on the subject.

Victoria Williamson's new novel The Boy with the Butterfly Mind is an intriguing story about modern blended families. Zoe Cookson interviews her about her journey so far.

If you were reading the Blog Break a few weeks ago, you may remember I featured the first part of Rowena House's series on endings. Well, after covering the "how" of endings in part one, she now turns to the "what" in part two.

Vanessa Harbour is thinking about the use of telling details in descriptions, and has blogged about how to make your words count.

Finally, Tracy Darnton is having a fight with her laptop. That doesn't sound like the most inspiring material for a blog post, but Tracy turns it into a paean to being An Analogue Author in a Digital World.


*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 asks Are You Burning Out?

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