BLOG BREAK Silence, Secrets and Swamps

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

I've been enjoying Tracey Mathias's series of posts delving into the writing of her YA novel Silence is Also a Lie (previously known as Night of the Party). A couple of the posts offer a particularly interesting look into Tracey's creative process: Beginnings and Telling the Secret.

Dom Conlon is shining a light on an underexplored area of children's literature, with his guest post for Notes from the Slushpile - A Poet's Guide to Getting Published.

No writing session ever goes quite the way you'd expect, as Tamsin Cooke explores in her fun post about writing first drafts.

Catherine Emmett's first picture book King of the Swamp has just come out. Catch up with her journey to publication at Emma Perry's My Book Corner.

Here's Rowena House putting her journalist hat on to explore the truth, as she blogs about the challenges of establishing facts when writing historical fiction.

Finally, Juliet Clare Bell has taken on the tricky task of writing a picture book about consent, and succeeded! Read her Picture Book Den post about the challenges of writing Ask First, Monkey!


*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: What if this is the Last Book You’ll Ever Write?

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