Timing, Reveal, & Appeal: Genre Conventions in Mystery, Suspense, & Thrillers

Today's guest post comes from Kimberly Hunt, freelance developmental editor with Revision Division. Let’s set expectations from the start. I am NOT a writer. Through extensive reading, professional training, and my experience as a developmental editor, I’ve learned the essentials of genres. A novel can contain elements from multiple

Interview with Annie Ward: On Writing Psychological Thrillers

Today on Writing Bloc we have author Annie Ward, whose recent release Beautiful Bad has been garnering attention all over the author-sphere! Welcome, Annie! Your recent release Beautiful Bad was featured on the Indie Next List for March. Congratulations! Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your psychological

Writing Bloc’s Best of February 2019: Contributors Share Their Favorite Book of the Month

Writing Bloc’s Best Reads February 2019 Edition. Welcome to the seventh post in our ongoing best of series, in which a few of our Writing Bloc contributors share their favorite read of the month. For the month of February, we hear from Becca, Jacqui, Cari, and Michael. Still not sure

Interview with Author Jeyna Grace: On Wordbuilding and Retellings

Today we are joined by Jeyna Grace - author of The Slave Prince, The Battle for Oz, and Whispers of the Wind. Welcome, Jeyna! The Slave Prince and The Battle for Oz, both deal with retelling well-known stories, with a fantasy twist. Can you tell us a little bit about what

The Submission Period for 2020’s DECEPTION! Anthology NOW OPEN!

Writing Bloc is taking short story submissions NOW! Writing Bloc's annual short story anthology is taking off with its second edition, and we're looking for amazing stories incorporating the theme of "deception" in five thousand words or fewer. The submission period is open now through May 1st, 2019. Announcement of the

Free Writing Workshop Available on the Hubbub Blog

The Kickstarts! Writing Workshop is for: Reluctant writers, stumped writers, writers who think they are blocked, bored writers, writers just looking for some extra practice, even writers who don't know they are writers...yet. Kickstarts! is for any kind of writer who wants to get some words on paper! And it's FREE! Bounce on over

Review: Judy Blume’s MasterClass

After completing the Margaret Atwood MasterClass, I was excited to begin another of their writing courses. The Judy Blume class was an obvious pick, as I fell in love with Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret as a child. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. My first piece of advice to those who are considering a MasterClass.com All Access Pass is

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