BLOG BREAK Maps and Gaps

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

Being a creative person can sometimes feel like more trouble than it's worth, but at other times our creativity can provide amazing coping strategies. Vanessa Harbour writes an honest and thoughtful blog post about what writing means to her, and how it's helped her through some very challenging situations.

In a similar vein, Sally Poyton has been grappling with The Rubber Ball of Doubt, those sometimes unavoidable feelings of anxiety and powerlessness that can accompany your creative practice.

How do you keep yourself on task when surrounded by distractions? Catherine Rosevear has adopted an unusual canine-based solution.

As a picture book author and editor, Natascha Biebow spends a lot of time thinking about the right elements to include in a story. But her post for Picture Book Den discusses how the perfect picture book must actually leave some things out, in order to make space for the reader.

Finally, here's Sally Poyton again, talking about maps of imaginary places and why she loves books with them in.


*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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