BLOG BREAK Rhyme and Reading

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

How are you coping with lockdown? Personally, I've been really struggling this month, but luckily here's Juliet Clare Bell with a perceptive look at why we might feel the way we do, and practical ways to stay sane and creative at this difficult time.

What is latent processing? It's something we all do all the time, but some people can feel guilty about it. Stop sniggering at the back, because Vanessa Harbour is here to explain this important psychological process.

It's still the start of the year (just about), and Kelly McCaughrain has some great advice on setting achievable goals for 2021.

Meanwhile, Tracy Darnton is reviewing her reading year for 2020. How did the pandemic affect her book choices? Will she need more shelves?

Writing in rhyme sounds easy, but is in fact surprisingly hard. Catherine Emmett is blogging for Picture Book Den on: The 10 things I always wanted to know about writing Rhyming Picture Books.

Do you find the ideas pouring out of your pen (or keyboard) faster than you know what to do with them? Ann Brady has some great tips on how to organise and structure your writing to create a cohesive end result.


*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 finds him Mixing it Up - Challenging My Unconscious Biases to Add Diversity to My Writing

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