How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery and the Roller Coaster of Suspense [NOOK Book]

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Writing is all about creating an experience for the reader. Whether you're giving them a brain-teasing puzzle or an adrenaline-soaked emotional roller coaster-ride, this book helps you shape your fiction to create maximum enjoyment for your readers. Now you can learn the craft directly from one of the most respected contemporary writers in the field, Carolyn What, winner of multitudinous awards and nominations. What knows what editors want, and shows you how to achieve your writing an publishing goals. How To ...
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How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery and the Roller Coaster of Suspense

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Overview

Writing is all about creating an experience for the reader. Whether you're giving them a brain-teasing puzzle or an adrenaline-soaked emotional roller coaster-ride, this book helps you shape your fiction to create maximum enjoyment for your readers. Now you can learn the craft directly from one of the most respected contemporary writers in the field, Carolyn What, winner of multitudinous awards and nominations. What knows what editors want, and shows you how to achieve your writing an publishing goals. How To Write Killer Fiction is a handbook that no writer of mystery or suspense can afford to be without.
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Any fan of mystery and/or suspense will enjoy not only Wheat's readable style but also the fascinating historic background she has compiled on these two genres. Few how-to-write books have tried to combine mystery and suspense in the same work, but Wheat, herself an award-winning mystery writer, creative writing teacher, and editor, has devoted half of this book to each. Wheat offers detailed background information on both genres while elucidating the differences between the two; she also makes concrete suggestions for the ambitious writer seeking to combine them in a single work. Arguably, good writing cannot be taught. Yet Wheat successfully clarifies the key differences between the two genres and shows how to read the work of other established writers critically for style and technique. Aside from the act of writing itself, there is no better training for the novice. Highly recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564747051
  • Publisher: Perseverance Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 604,525
  • File size: 998 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Best Mystery Book I Have Ever Read

    Carolyn Wheat, an accomplished mystery author, has written one of the best books about genre writing that I have ever read. Using compelling examples, she provides a clear and concise overview of the elements of effective mystery and suspense. After giving valuable information about the history of the two related genres, she devotes special attention to each and shows where and how they overlap. In addition to a strong focus upon the structure of the work, she addresses beginnings and middles, the arc of the story, genre formats, and scene and style. She gives special emphasis to effective endings for both suspense novels and mysteries. Wheat covers all the bases and takes it one step further by discussing writing process, the difference between ¿Outliners¿ and ¿Blank Pagers,¿ and what to do when the piece is finished. Her three page summary of ¿The Writing Process: Tools to Help You Finish¿ is worth the price of the book. Also provided is a bibliography of useful books to learn theory, for research, or to find good examples to emulate. HOW TO WRITE KILLER FICTION is an excellent reference and how-to book. All writers who wish to infuse mystery, suspense, or simply a tighter, punchier style to their writing should get this book. ~Lori L. Lake, Reviewer for Midwest Book Review, www.TheGayRead.com, The Independent Gay Writer, and www.JustAboutWrite.com

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    Highly Recommend for Writers Regardless of Genre

    How To Write Killer Fiction by Carolynn Wheat is an excellent introduction to writing mystery and suspense novels. I was only vaguely aware that mystery and suspense could be two distinctive types of works though closely related. In a mystery, whatever kind, there is a puzzle for the hero to solve. In a suspense, it is a "nightmare" for the hero to survive and come out a changed person. There have been a few books that merged both types, but for the most part they stay separate. Wheat is very readable, clear and entertaining as she talks you through what makes a mystery a mystery and suspense a suspense. The only thing I was lost on was arcs. But this was not a book about the technical parts of writing like arcs and characterizations and themes. This book teaches the parts of the journey that a mystery/suspense hero makes and how to keep your readers interested and guessing how the hero will solve the crime and/or make it to the end. I highly recommend this to any fiction writer. It has a lot of good advice that crosses genre lines. I borrowed this book from the library. I've had it for like 2 months. I'm going to go buy my own copy. This is a great writing tool!
    Reviewed by Cherese Vines

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