How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

This is an indispensable step-by-step guide for anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a damn good mystery.

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429974133

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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.

How to Write a Damn Good Novel II

This book is rich, instructive, honest, and often tellingly funny about the way writers sometimes fail their readers and themselves.

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429997829

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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"Damn good" fiction is dramatic fiction, Frey insists, whether it is by Hemingway or Grisham, Le Carre or Ludlum, Austen or Dickens. Despite their differences, these authors' works share common elements: strong narrative lines, fascinating characters, steadily building conflicts, and satisfying conclusions. Frey's How to Write a Damn Good Novel is one of the most widely used guides ever published for aspiring authors. Here, in How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II, Frey offers powerful advanced techniques to build suspense, create fresher, more interesting characters, and achieve greater reader sympathy, empathy, and identification. How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II also warns against the pseudo-rules often inflicted upon writers, rules such as "The author must always be invisible" and "You must stick to a single viewpoint in a scene," which cramp the imagination and deaden the narrative. Frey focuses instead on promises that the author makes to the reader—promises about character, narrative voice, story type, and so on, which must be kept if the reader is to be satisfied. This book is rich, instructive, honest, and often tellingly funny about the way writers sometimes fail their readers and themselves.

How to Write a Damn Good Thriller

The Key: A Fiction Writer's Guide to Writing Damn Good Fiction Using the Power
of Myth. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002. ———. How to Write a Damn Good
Mystery. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2004. Gardner, John. On Moral Fiction.

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429913630

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 306

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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.

How to Write a Damn Good Novel

Written in a clear, crisp, accessible style, this book is perfect for beginners as well as professional writers who need a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling.

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 0312010443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Written in a clear, crisp, accessible style, this book is perfect for beginners as well as professional writers who need a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling. Talent and inspiration can't be taught, but Frey does provide scores of helpful suggestions and sensible rules and principles. An international bestseller, How to Write a Damn Good Novel will enable all writers to face that intimidating first page, keep them on track when they falter, and help them recognize, analyze, and correct the problems in their own work.

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Author: Robert Brewer

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974969

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Incorporating all the great information writers have to come to expect for more than 80 years, this latest edition features higher profiles of its author interviews, five new market sections, and the most up-to-date market listings available to help readers find success.

2009 Writer s Market

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Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582975418

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For 88 years, Writer's Market has given fiction and nonfiction writers the information they need to sell their work–from completely up-to-date listings to exclusive interviews with successful writers. The 2009 edition provides all this and more with over 3,500 listings for book publishers, magazines and literary agents, in addition to a completely updated freelance rate chart. In addition to the thousands of market listings, you'll find up-to-date information on becoming a successful freelancer covering everything from writing query letters to launching a freelance business, and more.

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Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582971897

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The standard guide for writers contains thousands of up-to-date entries--including more than one thousand new ones--along with submission information, editorial requirements, interviews with successful writers, thousands of phone and fax numbers, email addresses, and guidance on how much to charge for freelancing. Original. 130,000 first printing.

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Author: David V. Loertscher

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Category: Teaching

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The Art of the Traditional Short Story

A traditional short story has a beginning, middle, and end; it features dramatic conflict and dynamic characters struggling to achieve goals where the stakes are high.

Author: Lester Gorn

Publisher: Bearcat Press

ISBN: 1937356302

Category: Fiction

Page: 283

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A traditional short story has a beginning, middle, and end; it features dramatic conflict and dynamic characters struggling to achieve goals where the stakes are high. Traditional short stories end with a strong climax that reveals dramatic transformations in the characters. Such stories have a hypnotic power that makes the reader dream the fictive dream. Traditional short stories are highly emotional, they will often make you laugh or cry, be frightened or terrified, and they usually say something important about human nature. The best of them will stay with you long after you read them, perhaps years. Perhaps a lifetime.

The Art of the Traditional Short Story

Fourteen Short Stories by master storytellers, James N. Frey and Lester Gorn.

Author: Lester Gorn

Publisher: Bearcat Press

ISBN: 1937356280

Category: Fiction

Page: 283

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A traditional short story has a beginning, middle, and end; it features dramatic conflict and dynamic characters struggling to achieve goals where the stakes are high. Traditional short stories end with a strong climax that reveals dramatic transformations in the characters. Such stories have a hypnotic power that makes the reader dream the fictive dream. Traditional short stories are highly emotional, they will often make you laugh or cry, be frightened or terrified, and they usually say something important about human nature. The best of them will stay with you long after you read them, perhaps years. Perhaps a lifetime.

Writing for the Ethnic Markets

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Author: Meera Lester

Publisher: Writers & Readers Publishing

ISBN: STANFORD:36105016360187

Category: Authorship

Page: 259

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Discusses the new popularity of the multi-cultural market and how to succeed in it, and provides information on publishers and production companies involved in this area

2008 Guide to Literary Agents

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Lists addresses, telephone numbers, specialties, recent sales, commissions, terms, and submission tips for hundreds of agents located in the United States and Canada

Final Betrayal

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Author: Elaine Taylor

Publisher: Ibooks

ISBN: 1596871555

Category: Fiction

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When her lover is found murdered, computer consultant Catherine Calabretta, an ardent supporter of personal privacy, finds her own life up for grabs and joins forces with two company hackers and a crippled former cop to find the killer and clear her own name. A first novel.

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Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974012

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Provides writers with access to up-to-date market information, including contact and submission details, editorial requirements, interviews with successful authors, and guidelines for freelancers.

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Author: Robert Brewer

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974977

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A guide for the freelance writer, listing pertinent information about publications and editors

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A guide for the freelance writer, listing pertinent information about publications and editors

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Lists addresses and information on contacts, pay rates, and submission requirements, and includes essays on the craft of writing