BLOG BREAK Drafts and Debuts

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

Here are a couple of SCBWI-BI authors thinking about motivation and how to conquer the dreaded procrastination. Catherine Rosevear is taking inspiration from her canine's dogged pursuit of treats, while Natascha Biebow valiantly battles doubt to keep her writing career on track.

Ann Brady has a really useful summary of Crisis vs Conflict that clearly explains each concept and how to use them to drive emotional connection in your writing.

Hannah Foley is a SCBWI member whose debut novel The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle has just been published. Here she is talking about her writing life to Emma Perry at My Book Corner.

To support the release of her new picture book Ask First, Monkey!, Juliet Clare Bell has written a very honest blog post for her publisher on what led her to write a children's book about consent, and why the subject is so important.

Isn't it fascinating how writers are all different? Tamsin Cooke is blogging for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure about why she finds second drafts so difficult. For me, it's the first draft I find really hard. And in the comments, someone else says that third drafts are the worst!

I love the photos of children's book-related activities that Clare Helen Welsh includes in her blog posts - it makes me think I should write a book involving biscuits! Here she is blogging about her virtual World Book Week.


*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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