BLOG BREAK Secret steps and pesky tech

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

Are there some secret steps to writing success? Mel Green is looking for them in her blog post and doing some interesting research in the process.

Rashmi Sirdeshpande has had a remarkable journey to publication. Luckily for us, she's sharing it via a post for Emma Perry's My Book Corner.

As someone who's just written a book in American English, I found Lucy Rowland's post for Picture Book Den fascinating. Who knew that there would be so many changes to a rhyming picture book when it's adapted for the US market!

Tracy Darnton is writing - and thinking about - thrillers. Specifically, how many of their classic plots would be ruined by the inclusion of modern technology. Her post for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure investigates whether there's a balance between technology and realism that can be reached in a contemporary story.

Garry Parsons is remembering the illustrations from childhood books that have stuck with him - or rather, haunted him! For his blog post, he rounds up some other Picture Book Den contributors to weigh in on what images still fascinate them, many years on.

The last selection for this week's Blog Break is, appropriately, about endings. In the first of a two-part feature, Rowena House examines the four different types of endings and how they can be deployed to make your story memorable.


*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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