Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America

Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America

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by Sue Grafton
     
 

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Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever!

In this extraordinary compilation, more than three dozen members of the Mystery Writers of America share insights and advice that can help make your writing dreams a reality.

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop unique ideas
  • Construct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and

Overview

Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever!

In this extraordinary compilation, more than three dozen members of the Mystery Writers of America share insights and advice that can help make your writing dreams a reality.

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop unique ideas
  • Construct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and suspense
  • Create compelling characters and atmospheric settings
  • Develop a writing style all your own
  • Write convincing dialogue
  • Choose the appropriate point of view
  • Work with an agent
  • Conduct accurate research
  • and much, much more!

You'll also find special guidelines for creating clues, dropping red herrings, and writing medical, legal, historical, true crime, and young adult mysteries. It's all the information you need to solve the mystery-writing riddle!

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Have you thought of joining the ranks of the world's top mystery writers? Sue Grafton, queen of the Alphabet Mysteries (A Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, and so on), and co-editors Jan Burke and Barry Zeman cover everything it takes to write a successful mystery, from preparation to specialties. The ingredients for brewing up an unforgettable plot and compelling characters, choosing a point of view, infallible structure, dialogue that works, and rippling pacing, are served up here in a host of contributions from some of the most respected writers in the genre.

The book is itself a journey through some still-uncharted territory -- the great mystery of the writer's art. It serves as a superb guide -- with shared anecdotes regarding both successful and failed attempts at various techniques -- by writers who have managed to find their niche and triumph in the genre. In the section entitled "In Search of the Novel," George C. Chesbro sums it up by recognizing "one of the greatest thrills a fiction writer can experience: discovery." The art of discovery is the true journey of writing mysteries. So, all you aspiring mystery writers -- discover, plot, craft, and most of all write, write, write. The next spellbinding mystery to hit the bookstores may be yours. (Evie Rhodes)

Sue Grafton
Mystery writers are the magicians of fiction. We're the illusionists, working with sleight of hand in the performance of our art. With this book, we'll be taking you behind the scenes so you can see how the riddles are created and the illusions sustained.
Library Journal
Like many Writer's Digest publications, this work serves as an excellent resource for the published and the would-be author. Editor Grafton, herself the successful author of the Kinsey Milhone series, orchestrates the contributions of many distinguished detective/mystery writers, including Tony Hillerman, Lawrence Block, and Ed Hock. This how-to book differs from other Writer's Digest books in that the articles move sequentially through the process from preparation to publication. The specialties section focuses on mysteries for young people and short story mysteries. A good choice for both public libraries' and writers' book shelves.-- Martin J. Hudacs, Solanco H.S., Quarryville, Pa .
Booknews
A comprehensive mystery writing guide. The contributors, all members of the Mystery Writers of America, present informal essays on the special aspects and problems of writing mystery fiction, including making stories more taut, more real, more immediate, and more fraught with tension. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582971025
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.94(d)

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Meet the Author

Recognized as one of the best mystery writers working today, Sue Grafton is the internationally bestselling author of the Alphabet series starring the indomitable private detective Kinsey Millhone. Originally a screenwriter, Grafton launched the Alphabet series in 1982 with A is for Alibi. Her books have been published in 28 countries and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Birth:
April 24, 1940
Place of Birth:
Louisville, Kentucky
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
Website:
http://www.suegrafton.com/

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Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lots of good technical and motivational advice on all aspects of writing a mystery from the 'Who's done it' of 'Whodunnits.' You can dip in and out of this book as each chapter is by a different mystery writer and stands alone. The book also contains a good resource --listings of reference books on writing and technical information recommended by these published authors. Also their picks for best in genre. Worthwhile.
RLCollins More than 1 year ago
If you are just getting started writing mysteries, this book is a great start. I read it in one sitting and filled the pages with highlighting and post it notes. I feel that I have a more realistic idea of what it takes to write a mystery that can get published. The chapters are written by published authors that use funny and witty voices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I leave this book lying around and pick it up whenever I see it. Each time I get a new perspective on the craft. I have found it useful. And fun.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with lots of useful tips.
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