BLOG BREAK Joining and Juggling

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

Last week was UK Mental Health Awareness Week, so what better way to mark the occasion than Catherine Friess's Story Snug post, highlighting picture books that can help support children’s mental health and help them talk about their emotions.

As my working life becomes ever more organised, I feel like my writing life is headed in the other direction! Which means I am somewhat in awe of Joanna Norland's almost military approach to organisation. Behold, the three notebook system!

At Emma Perry's My Book Corner, SCBWI-BI picture book author John Condon is giving an interview. He talks about juggling two jobs (#relatable) and why you should read the reviews.

Natascha Biebow is also juggling, as she talks about How I am Writing My New Books Every Minute Even When I'm Not

What's the single most important thing you've done to improve your creative practice? Claire Watts says it was joining a critique group.

Finally, Kelly McCaughrain has discovered fan fiction. Not of her own books (yet), but her blog post for an Awfully Big Blog Adventure reflects on why people write fan fiction, and also why those motivations may not lead to the most satisfying stories.


*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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