Writing Craft

Reading for pleasure? Start here
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What is ‘reading for pleasure?’ It’s a fact that reading for pleasure is one of the key indicators of success for children. In other words, children who enjoy reading and…

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The monster guide to writing a children’s book: middle grade edition
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Hi, awesome writer! I’m so glad you’re here. Writing for children is the best job (or hobby) in the world but it’s absolute not the easy option! Children deserve to read…

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Birthday flash sale! 39% off everything
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Happy birthday to me! I turn 39 this week and I wanted to celebrate by giving YOU lovely people a little present because I love you so. From Wednesday 22nd…

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What’s a comic and what’s a graphic novel?
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What’s the difference between a comic and a graphic novel? Are they the same thing? Can children’s books be graphic novels? In the first post in my series exploring Scott…

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My schedule for MCM London Comic Con 2023!
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Hands up if you’ve been to any comic conventions this year? I try and go to as many as I can, partly because I love comics – as do my…

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What are comics?: Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud Part 1
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About 13 years ago I discovered Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, part how-to, part comic, part history book, part academic text. I was gearing up to write my MA dissertation about representations of colour in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and needed to level up my visual literacy and I’d heard that McCloud’s book was the best way to learn about the way pictures and text can work together. I’m SO glad I picked it up because it’s utterly fantastic: a really immersive, compelling read and full of McCloud’s expertise and passion.

I started putting together a blog post discussing definitions of comics and graphic novels and picked up Understanding Comics from my shelf to remind myself of how McCloud uses these terms. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop! So I decided to treat myself and revisit the entire book, and I’m going to discuss it here as I read.

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Things to do with children in the library without a library card
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Found yourself in a library but you either don’t have a library card for this particular library don’t have a library card at all do have a library card but…

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How to write a spooky forest in middle grade or YA
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Hey – what was that noise? It sounded like a twig breaking but there’s nobody else around here, right? Must’ve been my imagination. Okay, stop – did you hear that?…

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Club Ed Conversations: Editing Horror, Middle Grade and YA
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The year before last, the wonderful Jennifer Lawler invited me to speak to her students about editing horror for children and teenagers and of course I jumped at the chance!…

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Resources: Hiring a copyeditor
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If you work with me (or someone else) on a critique or edit, you might decide to continue your publishing journey with another editor. There are several types of professional…

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