How to Write a Mystery

Author: Larry Beinhart

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307776050

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 7547

WHODUNIT? YOUDUNIT! So you want to write a mystery. There's more to it than just a detective, a dead body, and Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick. Fortunately, Larry Beinhart--Edgar Award-winning author of You Get What You Pay For, Foreign Exchange, and American Hero--has taken a break from writing smart, suspenseful thrillers to act as your guide through all the twists and turns of creating the twists and turns of a good mystery. Drawing on advice and examples from a host of the best names in mystery writing--from Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane to Scott Turow and Thomas Harris--plus some of his own prime plots, Larry Beinhart introduces you to your most indispensable partners in crime: *Character, plot, and procedure * The secrets to creating heroes, heroines, and villains ("All writers draw upon themselves and their experience. While the whole of yourself might not be capable of being either a serial killer or an FBI agent, there are parts in each of us that are capable of almost anything.") * The fine art of scripting the sex scene *The low-down on violence ("A crime novel without violence is like smoking pot without inhaling, sex without orgasm, or a hug without a squeeze." ) *And much more! From the opening hook to the final denouement, Larry Beinhart takes the mystery out of being a mystery writer. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Writing Mysteries

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582971025

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 7578

Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever! &break;&break;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. &break;&break;You'll learn how to: &break; Develop unique ideas&break; Construct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and suspense&break; Create compelling characters and atmospheric settings&break; Develop a writing style all your own&break; Write convincing dialogue&break; Choose the appropriate point of view&break; Work with an agent&break; Conduct accurate research&break; and much, much more! &break;&break;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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How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429974134

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 1612

Edgar award nominee James N. Frey, author of the internationally best-selling books on the craft of writing, How to Write a Damn Good Novel, How to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques, and The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth, has now written what is certain to become the standard "how to" book for mystery writing, How to Write a Damn Good Mystery. Frey urges writers to aim high-not to try to write a good-enough-to-get-published mystery, but a damn good mystery. A damn good mystery is first a dramatic novel, Frey insists-a dramatic novel with living, breathing characters-and he shows his readers how to create a living, breathing, believable character who will be clever and resourceful, willful and resolute, and will be what Frey calls "the author of the plot behind the plot." Frey then shows, in his well-known, entertaining, and accessible (and often humorous) style , how the characters-the entire ensemble, including the murderer, the detective, the authorities, the victims, the suspects, the witnesses and the bystanders-create a complete and coherent world. Exploring both the on-stage action and the behind-the-scenes intrigue, Frey shows prospective writers how to build a fleshed-out, believable, and logical world. He shows them exactly which parts of that world show up in the pages of a damn good mystery-and which parts are held back just long enough to keep the reader guessing. This is an indispensable step-by-step guide for anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a damn good mystery.
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The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel

All the tools you need to write and sell your first novel

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440510636

Category: Reference

Page: 304

View: 1337

For an aspiring novelist, nothing is more intimidating than a blank page or computer screen. This step-by-step guide helps you get past that hurdle, start writing, and cross the finish line to first draft in only twenty-six weeks! This guide covers the entire novel-writing process--from polishing an idea to finding an agent and submitting to publishers. This practical guide takes you through the ins and outs of writing and publishing your first book, including how to: Create authentic characters, engaging plotlines, and believable settings Edit for tone, structure, and pacing Find the right agent Market and sell your work to publishers Build a career as a novelist Complete with writing exercises, inspiring examples, and expert advice from bestselling novelists, this book is an excellent starting place for anyone interested in the art, craft, and business of writing fiction.
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How to Outline a Cozy Mystery

Workbook

Author: Sara Rosett

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533662576

Category:

Page: 106

View: 9904

Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don't know how to get started? Use this companion workbook to learn how to create a framework so that you can begin writing your cozy. Do you want to know the basic building blocks of a cozy mystery? Do you wonder why cozy readers devour these mysteries voraciously? Are you fuzzy on how the structure of a cozy mystery fits into the classic plot structure? Do you wonder what the "rules" are for a cozy mystery? Do you wonder where you can bend the rules? Let successful cozy novelist Sara Rosett show you how she's planned and written 20 mysteries in this direct and to-the-point guide without fluff or filler. While each book is unique, every novel is built on a framework that is as old as storytelling itself. Cozy mysteries are no different. Discover the underlying structure that keeps cozy readers coming back for more. Use the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook-the companion to the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Course-to work through your cozy outline step-by-step. The many different outlining methods you can use to build your story framework The essential elements of cozy mysteries The psychology behind why readers choose cozies The conventions (or tropes) that cozy readers want and expect And much, much more! Rosett's firsthand knowledge of cozy mystery structure and what cozy readers want can help you shape your idea into a novel. Rosett's tips and workbook will save you time and give you confidence as you approach the blank page. Buy Rosett's workbook today and you'll get an easy to understand plan for outlining your mystery in a helpful question and answer format to guide you through the process. Learn how to outline a cozy and start writing with Rosett's easy-to-follow workbook today!
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How to Write a Damn Good Thriller

A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429913638

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

View: 1785

A quick look at any fiction bestseller list reveals that thrillers make up most of the titles at the top. HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers. Frey uses examples from both books and movies and addresses the following hot topics: *Germinal ideas *Breathing life into great thriller characters *Crafting a gripping opening *Maintaining tension *Creating obstacles and conflicts *Writing a mean, lean thriller scene *Adding surprise twists *Building a smashing climax and many more. In his trademark approachable and humorous style, Frey illuminates the building blocks of great thrillers and gives the reader the tools to write his or her own.
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Writing the Cozy Mystery

How to Write a Winning Whodunit

Author: Nancy J. Cohen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780991465514

Category: Authorship

Page: 48

View: 8726

"Writing the Cozy Mystery is a valuable instructional tool that will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series"--Page 4 of cover.
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Don't Murder Your Mystery

24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D. O. A.

Author: Chris Roerden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781933523132

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 293

View: 7486

This is the only book for writers that: 1)Motivates readers to change their writing habits by telling the truth about how submissions are screened. 2)Analyzes 150 extracts to show how published authors handle the same problems facing all writers of fiction. 3)Reinforces readers learning by presenting more solutions in greater depth than other books do and exposing issues not mentioned in any other book. 4)Highlights the techniques of 140 published mystery authors, many of whom have never before been reviewed in book form. 5)Helps readers identify with authors at the beginning of their writing careers by using examples from many first novels. 6)Stimulates readers imaginations by demonstrating the infinite variety of alternatives for presenting content. 7)Offers 24 Find & Fix summaries for revising, plus resources and little-known tips and tip-offs. 8)Boosts the odds that a manuscript will pass the first screening so its characters and plot can be read in full and evaluated on merit.
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Children’s Writer’s Word Book

Author: Alijandra Mogilner

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898799514

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 4413

Provides writing samples and vocabulary appropriate for grades one through six and lists synonyms of various reading levels for hundreds of words
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90 Days To Your Novel

A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book

Author: Sarah Domet

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582979977

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 5416

Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With The 90-Day Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within The 90-Day Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides: Instruction that distills the elements of the novel—from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.
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The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery

From Empty Page to Finished Mystery in Just 52 Weekends--A Dynamic Step-by-Step Program

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0307490394

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 5379

Like Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, Sara Paretsky and Thomas Harris, you, too, can learn the trade secrets of quality detective fiction. It's true. Just one year from now, you can deliver a completed mystery novel to a publisher--by writing only on weekends. Authors Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick guide you through the entire mystery-writing process, from creating a killer to polishing off the final draft. Each weekend you'll focus on a specific task--learning the basics of novel-writing, the special demands of mystery-writing, and the secrets professionals use to create stories one scene at a time, building to a shivery, satisfying climax. Using Agatha Christie's The Body in the Library as a model for the classical mystery tale and Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park for the hard-boiled mystery, this unique step-by-step program gives you all the information you need to reach your ultimate goal: a finished book in just 52 weeks! Let two successful masters of the genre show you how... Discover: Why you must create your killer first The tricks to writing dialogue that does it all--moves your plot, involves your reader, and makes your style sizzle How to "bury" information (and corpses) for your reader to find Why you should NOT build your book around chapters Special techniques for clearing writer's block Plus: examples from Sue Grafton, Dashiell Hammett, Patricia Cornwell, Thomas Harris, Raymond Chandler, and more. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Soul of Place

A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci

Author: Linda Lappin

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 1609521048

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 5159

In this engaging creative writing workbook, novelist and poet Linda Lappin presents a series of insightful exercises to help writers of all genres—literary travel writing, memoir, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction—discover imagery and inspiration in the places they love. Lappin departs from the classical concept of the Genius Loci, the indwelling spirit residing in every landscape, house, city, or forest—to argue that by entering into contact with the unique energy and identity of a place, writers can access an inexhaustible source of creative power. The Soul of Place provides instruction on how to evoke that power. The writing exercises are drawn from many fields—architecture, painting, cuisine, literature and literary criticism, geography and deep maps, Jungian psychology, fairy tales, mythology, theater and performance art, metaphysics—all of which offer surprising perspectives on our writing and may help us uncover raw materials for fiction, essays, and poetry hidden in our environment. An essential resource book for the writer’s library, this book is ideal for creative writing courses, with stimulating exercises adaptable to all genres. For writers or travelers about to set out on a trip abroad, The Soul of Place is the perfect road trip companion, attuning our senses to a deeper awareness of place.
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Release the Novel in You

The Go-To Fiction Writing Book for Teen Authors.

Author: Gina Conroy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781508555711

Category:

Page: 120

View: 9189

You have a novel inside of you - a dream to tell your story - but you don't know where to start. Maybe you don't even know what to write. Perfect! This book will release the novel in you! From idea to first draft, you will learn what every story needs to be successful. You'll find your story and create three-dimensional characters people will want to read. You'll learn to hook your reader and how to structure and craft a dynamic and powerful, page-turning plot that will have readers wanting more. In addition, you'll review the mechanics of good writing and you'll learn to write in a way that will have your words jumping off the page and painting a picture in the reader's mind. Everything you need to get started on writing your novel is in this book. Don't put your dream off another day.
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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition

The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440347160

Category: Authorship

Page: 304

View: 9097

"To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, the essentials of craft and the plan to execute them are right at your fingertips with Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. This completely revised and updated edition features solid strategies for drafting, revising, and selling an intriguing novel that grips your readers and refuses to let them go"--Amazon.com.
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How to Write Your Memoirs

Author: Johnny Ray

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781940949314

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 3874

HOW TO WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS A WORKBOOK AND GUIDE by JOHNNY RAY Award Winning Novelist And Professional Memoir Ghostwriter Do you have a legacy that needs to be preserved? Would you like to see your life told in the form of a novel? Or made into a movie? Making you both rich and Famous What words of wisdom do you want to leave for your family? Would you like to have your life's work validated? Or the record set straight? In Reality When will you write your memoirs? Tomorrow, or the next or . . . Written by master storyteller JOHNNY RAY this guide and workbook will lead you through the process of telling the story that must be told and can only be told by you. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE 1) An introduction to what is a memoir 2) How to get started 3) How to recall the memories that make up the pages of your life 4) Determining the main turning points in your life 5) How to stay focused on the main story 6) Deciding which characters to include or exclude 7) Doing research and fact checking 8) Determining the author's voice and point of view 9) Determining if the book should be factual or fiction 10) Determining the driving purpose behind writing the memoir 11) Determining who the intended reader is 12) Determining how open the author wishes to be 13) Showing versus telling 14) How to polish the memoir 15) How to find an agent or publisher 16) Other methods of getting published 17) How to hire a ghostwriter 18) A list of questions a ghostwriter will usually ask This guide and workbook will lead you through the steps to create your own memoir. A ghostwriter can cost you as much as $500 for even a short story type memoir to over $100,000 for a full length memoir. The consulting fee alone can run to as much as $500 per hour. This guide will save you money as it shows you how to develop and write your own memoir. if you decide you do need to hire a ghostwriter later the instructions enclosed in the guide and workbook should decrease the cost of hiring a ghostwriter by lowering the amount of time the ghostwriter has to spend in developing the story, saving you thousands of dollars.
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Sleuth

Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries

Author: Gail Bowen

Publisher: Writers on Writing

ISBN: 9780889775244

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

View: 6502

In Sleuth, Gail Bowen pulls back the curtain and offers aspiring writers her best mystery writing tips. From plot to protagonist to scene, you'll learn everything you need to know about working in this popular and challenging genre.
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The Mystery of History

The Early Church and the Middle Ages

Author: Linda Lacour Hobar

Publisher: Bright Ideas Press

ISBN: 9781892427069

Category: Education

Page: 715

View: 1994

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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973760

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 1692

Solve the MYSTERY of how to write and sell a KILLER story! &break;&break;With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You'll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses. &break;&break;This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery writing, including: &break;&break; planning, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise ending&break; creating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain&break; deceiving and revealing with red herrings and clues&break; writing investigation, spine-tingling suspense, and dramatic action&break; revising - from sharpening characters, to optimizing pace, to smithing words&break; engaging the reader &break;&break;By the time you finish reading part one of this book, you will have a blueprint for your entire story. Parts two and there take your blueprint from idea to well-polished novel. Part four is an insider's guide to getting it into an agent's or publisher's hands.
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The Mystery Series

Author: Enid Blyton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781405275712

Category: Children's stories, English

Page: 752

View: 3148

Follow the "Five Find-Outers" - Pip, Bets, Larry, Daisy, Fatty, and Buster - as they solve the most unusual mysteries. Each comprising three books, collect all five volumes for the complete "Mystery Series."The fourth installment collects stories ten, eleven, and twelve in the series:"The Mystery of the Strange Bundle""The Mystery of Holly Lane""The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage"
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How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook

Author: Sara Rosett

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998843155

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

View: 1191

Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don't know how to get started? Use this companion workbook ( to learn how to create a framework so that you can begin writing your cozy. Do you want to know the basic building blocks of a cozy mystery? Do you wonder why cozy readers devour these mysteries voraciously? Are you fuzzy on how the structure of a cozy mystery fits into the classic plot structure? Do you wonder what the "rules" are for a cozy mystery? Do you wonder where you can bend the rules? Let successful cozy novelist Sara Rosett show you how she's planned and written 20 mysteries in this direct and to-the-point guide without fluff or filler. While each book is unique, every novel is built on a framework that is as old as storytelling itself. Cozy mysteries are no different. Discover the underlying structure that keeps cozy readers coming back for more. Use the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook--the companion to the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Course--to work through your cozy outline step-by-step. In How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook you'll discover: - The many different outlining methods you can use to build your story framework - The psychology behind why readers choose cozies - How a cozy mystery fits into classic plot structure - The conventions (or tropes) that cozy readers want and expect - Tips on how to hide clues and red herrings - And much, much more! Rosett's firsthand knowledge of cozy mystery structure and what cozy readers want can help you shape your idea into a novel. Rosett's tips and workbook will save you time and give you confidence as you approach the blank page. Buy Rosett's workbook today and you'll get an easy to understand plan for outlining your mystery in a helpful question and answer format to guide you through the process. Learn how to outline a cozy and start writing with Rosett's easy-to-follow workbook today!
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