BLOG BREAK Joy and Disappointment

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

Sally Poyton's post about how twelve years of writing has enriched her life (even though she hasn't got published yet) has already found a lot of agreement amongst her peers. For the record, I am now fifteen years into my writing journey and my progress looks similar! You are certainly not alone, Sally.

Last week, the release of the Undiscovered Voices longlist brought a mixture of joy and disappointment, depending whether you were on it or not! But one thing we can all be joyful about is the appointment of Candy Gourlay as this year's honorary chair, which she discusses in a typically wise blog post.

Marie Basting is a rebel, a rulebreaker, I tell you! Having said that, there are six writing "truths" that she's prepared to acknowledge in her informative guest post for #WriteMentor.

Dialogue is a tricky thing to do well, so let's thank Rowena House for her useful Notes on editing dialogue for dramatic purpose.

Are you having a "blah" day with your picture book writing? Then check out Chitra Soundar and her compilation of advice on writing picture books that may help to inspire you.

Finally, is there anything scarier than an edit letter? Tracy Darnton gives us a Halloween shiver as she discusses how to navigate editorial trauma.


*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 sees him teaming up with his agent Heather Cashman, for an investigation of the value of comp titles.

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