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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

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

Guest post: writing a killer fight scene

Writing a killer fight scene

Writing a crisp, adrenaline-pumping fight scene can be a challenge. Today we have a guest post from Kelsey Rae Barthel to examine how she approaches hers. Here's Kelsey... One of the most frequent compliments I have received about my first published book, Beyond the Code, is that readers love my fight

Adapting Books to the Screen (And Vice Versa) by Liz Kerin

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“Adapting Books to the Screen (and vice versa)” by Liz Kerin “To be honest, I liked the book a lot better.” Adapting books to the screen is always tricky business.  When we read, we’re given the freedom to imagine something that fits perfectly into our preferred worldview. Violence is as visceral as we

Guest Post: A Writer’s Convention Survival Guide, by Christopher Huang

How to Survive

Continuing our series on marketing yourself and your books at conventions, we have a special guest post from author Christopher Huang. In this article Huang summarizes his experiences with mystery and crime conventions, which, as he tells us, can be very different to a popular culture convention. It’s all about

Developing an Antiheroine: Guest Post with Author Laney Wylde

(The following is a guest post by author Laney Wylde about the development of the antiheroine Sawyer in her forthcoming book, Never Touched.) The Evolution of Sawyer: Creating an Unpredictable Protagonist “Can we take a break from watching sex crimes?” I cut my eyes over to my husband as the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit theme

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