BLOG BREAK Creativity and Collaboration

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

SCBWI-BI author Maisie Chan's new middle grade novel Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu sensitively handles such diverse subject matter as grief, dementia and ballroom dancing. Sara Broadley chats to Maisie about the creative decisions that lie behind her work

With editors at publishing houses increasingly overworked, have we lost the spirit of collaboration and encouragement that used to exist between authors and editors? Natascha Biebow explores this subject for Picture Book Den, and revisits a famous author/editor relationship from the golden age of picture books. 

It might be aimed at teachers, but Liz Flanagan's blog post about creative activities she uses in the classroom is full of helpful ideas for visiting authors. 

Here's Vanessa Harbour speaking from experience when she advises writers of historical fiction to keep detailed notes. You never know when someone might want to check your facts!

Authors are expected to do more and more of their own publicity, but what happens when life gets in the way? Lu Hersey's blog post for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure discusses the pressures we put on ourselves and the (sometimes misplaced) fear of letting others down. 

*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.

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