BLOG BREAK Boots and Beginnings

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

Fact Number One: Writing is hard.
Fact Number Two: Vanessa Harbour has started a new blog series to provide support for anyone who is struggling with their writing (and let's be honest, that's all of us at one point or another). Check out her opening post and also part 2, which focuses on the importance of empathy.

How large is your to-be-read pile? Does the extent of it bring more guilt than pleasure? Tracy Darnton blogs about the strategies she's using to make reading fun again.

Notes from the Slushpile are trying something new this year, and like all good stories, it starts at the beginning. Read Teri Terry and Paula Harrison's writerly origin stories, with more to come (including mine when I get round to it!)

What title would make a reader pick your book off a crowded shelf? Clare Helen Welsh investigates, while unpicking Five Myths About Picture Book Titles.

Finally, last week was the SCBWI Author Boot Camp, and Jennifer Moore has lived to tell the tale via an amusing blog post.


*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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