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!
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About the Author
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
Table of Contents
|1.||The Rules and How to Bend Them||6|
|2.||Sparks, Triggers, and Flashes||13|
|3.||On Work Schedules||20|
|4.||Writing With a Partner, or ... What Part of "No" Don't You Understand?||26|
|5.||Expertise and Research||33|
|6.||Where Do I Find a Jewish Indian? or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Research||41|
|7.||Background, Location, and Setting||48|
|Part II||The Process|
|9.||Rounding Up Your Characters||65|
|10.||Writing a Series Character||72|
|11.||The Amateur Sleuth||79|
|13.||In Search of a Novel||91|
|14.||Building Without Blueprints||98|
|16.||Perspectives on Point of View||112|
|17.||Dress for Success: Developing Your Personal Style||121|
|18.||How to Write Convincing Dialogue||129|
|19.||Pacing and Suspense||139|
|20.||Depiction of Violence||148|
|21.||Clues, Red Herrings, and Other Plot Devices||160|
|22.||The Book Stops Here||166|
|23.||In the Beginning Is the End||173|
|25.||How to Find and Work With an Agent||190|
|26.||Dial M for Market||197|
|27.||The Mystery Novel From an Editor's Point of View||205|
|28.||Writing Mysteries for Young Readers||217|
|29.||The Joys and Challenges of the Short Story||224|
|30.||The Medical Thriller||233|
|32.||Historical Mysteries: The Past Is a Foreign Country||246|
|33.||From the Cradle to the Pen: The Evolution of a True Crime Writer||253|
|34.||E-Media--Crime Fiction E-Volves||262|
|35.||The Best of the Genre and a Reference List of Books on Writing and Technical Information||271|
|About the Contributors||293|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Articles by mystery writers for mystery writers.
Great overall guide from the masters of mystery circa 1992. Some contributors have passed since this was released. Still a fantastic reference. Inspiring and insightful.
When will the book starting with will be out.
Great read with lots of useful tips.