BLOG BREAK Lockdown Boxes and Story Sacks

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

What did you do in the lockdown? For me, the answer was: "a lot of working and worrying," but I know the situation has affected us all very differently. Tracy Darnton has decided to make a lockdown box to control her experience and to help remember it for the future.

With authors stuck at home, far from their readers, we've all had to get a bit creative in how we connect. Here's Candy Gourlay blogging about her virtual keynote video for the Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils Conference of the Cheltenham Literary Festival.

Sally Poyton has also been engaging with readers virtually, joining up with Civic Square Birmingham to talk about her passion for making and sharing story sacks.

Don't let rejection turn into dejection. Follow Catherine Rosevear's advice by remembering that it's all subjective.

Finally, here's Ann Brady reflecting on the challenges and rewards of the writing life, and the compulsion to get those words on the page, even when life is doing its best to stop you.


*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.

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