How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript

by James N. Frey
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How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. You read right along with the author as he creates a mystery novel, step by step. He teaches you how to create characters with depth by writing a detailed background and having your characters write a journal. He starts with the murderer, the plot behind the plot, then takes you on to your hero/detective and each of your other characters. You learn to write a plot by using a stepsheet. I especially found helpful the fact that you write a stepsheet for what the reader sees and what the reader does not see 'what is happening offstage'. You learn about the five act design in which a mystery novel is divided. The author then gives helpful pointers in writing good prose, writing the mystery scene, choosing viewpoint, the final steps in rewriting, and then some words on marketing your novel. I found this book enjoyable to read and very helpful in writing a mystery or any novel. It's one of the best 'How to Write' books I've read because it's so practical in how it teaches you to write a mystery novel. It would be a great resource in any writer's library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books on writing that I've read. I tend to get a ton of ideas, then drown in how to organize and present them. This book takes a writer step by step in wrangling those ideas into a compelling narrative.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that has me fired up. Out of 300 like books this one is outstanding! Read it and write!