Write Your Own Mystery Story

Explains how to create mystery stories, from crafting believable characters to creating intense plots, with examples from successful mystery books.

Author: Tish Farrell

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 0756516412

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Explains how to create mystery stories, from crafting believable characters to creating intense plots, with examples from successful mystery books.

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

Page: 288

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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.

Tools for Mystery Writers

Tools for Mystery Writers emphasizes the rules that work well to create best-selling fiction.

Author: Anne Hart

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595217472

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 520

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Tools for Mystery Writers emphasizes the rules that work well to create best-selling fiction. Also included is how to write from personality preference research and how to write from the upward gush of your character's infancy. A book of handy rules and research for all fiction writers of mystery, suspense, historical novels, stories, and scripts or plays. Also included is how to write about relationship issues in mystery and suspense fiction. How do mystery writers use personality research to develop and drive their characters and plots in novels and stories?

Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel

For those contemplating writing a mystery novel and those who have written one or more but are looking for fresh and invigorating insights into the approach, Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies provides an ...

Author: Barbara Gregorich

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1500714488

Category: Reference

Page: 230

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For those contemplating writing a mystery novel and those who have written one or more but are looking for fresh and invigorating insights into the approach, "Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel" provides an overall view of how to think like a writer in general and a mystery writer in particular. Covered are topics such as: What are the possible patterns of suspicion when the villain is a major character? What changes when the villain is a minor character? How many subplots work best, and in what order can they be introduced? How can a writer throw suspicion on innocent characters while at the same time providing clues that point to the guilty one? These topics and many more are examined and analyzed in this solid how-to book which is rich with examples and suggestions.

How to Write Killer Fiction

Presents a guide to crafting mystery and suspense stories, defining the difference between the two genres and offering tips on subtly dispensing clues, constructing story arcs, and understanding the fundamentals of composition.

Author: Carolyn Wheat

Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015052873281

Category: Fiction

Page: 191

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Presents a guide to crafting mystery and suspense stories, defining the difference between the two genres and offering tips on subtly dispensing clues, constructing story arcs, and understanding the fundamentals of composition.

The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery

The authors unlock the mystery of writing a mystery in this pragmatic, useful guide.

Author: Robert Joseph Ray

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 9780440506584

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 257

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The authors unlock the mystery of writing a mystery in this pragmatic, useful guide. Developmental writing exercises and examples offer 52 weekend work sessions, each beginning with the definition of the task and its purpose, augmented with a writing sample from a famous mystery writer, and leading into the exercises that will become the basis of a novel.

How to Write a Mystery Novel

The author of the popular 15-book Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries shares his thought processes and provides valuable information that will help other authors. He includes are insider tips on printing, marketing, distribution, and other topics.

Author: Gene Grossman

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1450557902

Category: Self-Help

Page: 212

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The author of the popular 15-book Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries shares his thought processes and provides valuable information that will help other authors. He includes are insider tips on printing, marketing, distribution, and other topics.

By a Woman s Hand

This revised and updated edition features profiles of Lilian Jackson Braun, Mary Higgins Clark, P.D. James, and other gifted writers--plus 70 new entries including Carol Higgins Clark, Susan Isaacs and Carol O'Connell.

Author: Jean R. Swanson

Publisher: Berkley Trade

ISBN: UOM:39015026901820

Category: American fiction

Page: 254

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Mystery readers turn to this reference for its clear, concise profiles of women writers and their best-known books, mystery heroines and leading characters, pen names, writing styles and more. This revised and updated edition features profiles of Lilian Jackson Braun, Mary Higgins Clark, P.D. James, and other gifted writers--plus 70 new entries including Carol Higgins Clark, Susan Isaacs and Carol O'Connell.

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery writing, including: • planning, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise ending • creating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain • deceiving and revealing with ...

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582977003

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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Solve the MYSTERY of how to write and sell a KILLER story! 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. This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery writing, including: • planning, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise ending • creating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain • deceiving and revealing with red herrings and clues • writing investigation, spine-tingling suspense, and dramatic action • revising - from sharpening characters, to optimizing pace, to smithing words • engaging the reader 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."

Writing And Selling Murder Mystery Novel

The second half of the book offers guidance and tips on marketing your murder mystery novel, including writing a series, advertising, covers, blurbs and more.

Author: Lester Kjolseth

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798537367833

Category:

Page: 272

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Thiss book guides to mystery writing is divided into two parts. The first offers advice on all aspects of how to write a murder mystery, including plotting, characterisation, cliff hangers, victims, villains, red herrings and much more. The second half of the book offers guidance and tips on marketing your murder mystery novel, including writing a series, advertising, covers, blurbs and more.

Mystery Writing in a Nutshell

With this most precise guide yet to mystery writing, it is only a matter of time before your novel is afoot! ?Erudite. The most practical and thorough book on crime writing ever.

Author: John McAleer

Publisher: James a Rock

ISBN: 1596635053

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 100

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Edgar Allan Poe Award winner, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and best-selling author John McAleer, Ph.D. (Harvard), taught crime fiction at Boston College for nearly four decades, nurturing authors like George V. Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle), Chuck Hogan (The Standoff), Margaret McLean (Under Oath), James Devlin (Elmore Leonard), and Ted Murphy (the Belltown mysteries). Now, in Mystery Writing in a Nutshell, he and his son, Andrew McAleer?also a mystery author and professor of crime fiction at Boston College?share with aspiring mystery and suspense novelists the secrets, techniques, and art of crafting the mystery novel. Mystery Writing in a Nutshell is an invaluable resource, which, step by step, takes the writer through the mystery writing process from creating suspense and strategizing plot twists, to hiding clues, and enriching character development, and much, much more. With this most precise guide yet to mystery writing, it is only a matter of time before your novel is afoot! ?Erudite. The most practical and thorough book on crime writing ever. John and Andrew McAleer?s Mystery Writing in a Nutshell is the Strunk and White of the genre.??Robin Moore, New York Times best-selling author of The French Connection ?John and Andrew McAleer share their collective wealth of information on the nuts and bolts of creating the ultimate page-turner. Suspense, structure, character development, voice?Mystery Writing in a Nutshell has it all. A staple for the established and aspiring crime writer.? ?Margaret McLean, Under Oath?John and Andrew McAleer?s Mystery Writing in a Nutshell provides an essential roadmap to the path of mystery publication. The Write Stuff for every crime writer?s toolkit!??Kris Neri, award-winning author of Never Say Die?After all these years, I still learned a few things myself from these pages. I?m sure you will too.? ? from the Foreword:?Edward D. Hoch, MWA Grand Masterauthor of ?The Oblong Room?

Novel Writing for Wanna be s

With this one book, learn everything you need to know about putting your novel together in a professional manner and in a very readable and entertaining form.

Author: Sam McCarver

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595350537

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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Novel Writing for Wanna-be's is just what you've been looking for: an easy-to-read and enjoyable practical guide in how to write a novel written by a published author and experienced instructor. With this one book, learn everything you need to know about putting your novel together in a professional manner and in a very readable and entertaining form. Learn how to turn your story idea into an intriguing plot and how to create memorable characters. Learn how to write compelling scenes and natural dialogue. Use the dozens of case studies and examples included in this guidebook in helping you to present your own novel in a format agents and editors prefer. And, finally, learn about the publication process and how to make that important good first impression on an agent or editor in achieving your goal, and living your dream, of having your novel published. Praise for Sam McCarver's John Darnell Mystery Novels: "Wonderful fun John and Penny are emerging as a formidable team that will have readers looking forward to their next adventure." -The Mystery Reader "Entertaining, fast-paced McCarver does a masterful job." -Romantic Times "The Case of the Ripper's Revenge is a superb historical mystery." -Harriet Klausner, Amazon.com "McCarver's descriptive prowess makes the world of 1916 England come to life in The Case of the 2nd Seance." -Romantic Times

How to Write an Intelligent Murder Mystery

This is an important issue that needs to be discussed because if you don't have faith that I'm trying to help you and am only trying to promote myself, then this book won't be of any use to you.

Author: Robert Trainor

Publisher:

ISBN: 1521288925

Category:

Page: 129

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How to Write an Intelligent Murder Mystery is a book that explores the difficult environment for the modern writer of murder mysteries. With tens of thousands of murder mysteries on the Kindle web site, how is it possible to write an original and compelling murder mystery? To do this, you will certainly have to come up with an excellent plot, as well as some deeper issues, such as moral dilemmas, that will engage the reader's mind and cause them to consider and reflect upon the events portrayed in your novel. Was the police officer justified when she shot the unarmed man? Was the mother justified when she murdered, in cold blood, the man who raped and tortured her daughter? However, more than any other type of novel, the murder mystery relies on plot, and because of that, I am going to be examining, sometimes quite critically, the various plot ideas I have used in my thirteen murder-mystery novels. Some of these ideas are unusual: A fake murder where the crime scene was staged; an unreliable narrator who cloaks himself, by means of various lies, in a veneer of innocence; a murder mystery where the plot motif is not who murdered the victim but who was the one murdered; a locked-room mystery--here, the murderer is somehow able to exit a room where the door and windows are all bolted and locked from inside. I know that there are probably going to be some people who will be upset that I sometimes use parts of my own novels as examples to consider. This is an important issue that needs to be discussed because if you don't have faith that I'm trying to help you and am only trying to promote myself, then this book won't be of any use to you. First of all, please consider this: Any amount of self-promotion contained here isn't going to help me much--my books are mostly priced at ninety-nine cents, and so I receive thirty-five cents on a sale. This means that if one hundred people were to buy one of my novels because of my attempt to promote myself, I would receive thirty-five dollars. And to tell you the truth, I think assuming that one hundred people will buy one of my novels after reading this book is a bit optimistic. Besides that, by giving away the solutions to these mysteries as I discuss the plots, it seems probable that I am decreasing the chance of a reader purchasing that particular novel. Nevertheless, there are more than a few people who are immediately suspicious of authors who have no brand name. To those people I would say that if a well-known author, such as Stephen King, was the author of this book, you would accept the sample passages in the spirit in which they are given. There's an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, and so that's why I am going to include, for instance, parts of the closing arguments in a trial that occurs in one of my novels. I could have just said, "If you want to find out how lawyers talk, you can locate some sample closing arguments on the internet." But I thought it might be more helpful to you if I showed you a few practical examples of what I have done when it comes to certain things that I am trying to emphasize in this book. Because, after all, it doesn't make much sense to follow the advice of a person who is incompetent, and I think it's helpful for you to be able to make a judgment about whether I am competent. But above all, I am trying to give you the benefit of my experience, and I think, because of my experience, that examples can be helpful. It's true that some, or all, of the examples (which account for about a third of the word count of this book) may not help you, but they may help others. It really isn't likely that everything contained in this book is going to help everyone who reads it, but if you are able to pick up one good, usable idea from this book, then that is well worth ninety-nine cents, and I think there are many people who will pick up quite a few good ideas from this book.

How To Start Writing A Mystery Novel

This "How To" book is different. Unlike every other book you'll read with titles like "How To Write The Perfect Book in 193 Oh-So-Easy Steps", this book is different.

Author: Molly Elodie Rose

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798614146108

Category:

Page: 68

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This "How To" book is different. Unlike every other book you'll read with titles like "How To Write The Perfect Book in 193 Oh-So-Easy Steps", this book is different. It's a simple "How To" guide for writing a book that's right for you and also an easy to follow workbook. We'll discuss how to use this book and run through some tips for writing. We'll then go on to look at the process for creating a book, including the questions you need to consider (so that you don't forget anything important!) Then we go on to lay out the full process for generating your plot details and developing your character outlines, with plenty of space available so that you have ample room for all your scribbles, doodles, and crazy arrow diagrams. We've even included some 'Further Notes' pages at the back for anything else you need to jot down. Writing a book is both a challenging and daunting prospect. With a well-thought-out process in place (anticipating the questions to consider AND what order to consider them in) it will be much less daunting and much more exciting. Good luck! Molly

A Life for a Life

A Life for a Life is the first novel in the Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series by award-winning author Lynda McDaniel. If you like atmospheric settings, fascinating characters, and suspenseful investigations, you'll love this series.

Author: Lynda McDaniel

Publisher:

ISBN: 0997780800

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

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When a young woman is found dead in a wilderness area of the North Carolina mountains, the county sheriff says suicide. Della Kincaid disagrees. As a former reporter in Washington, D.C., she knows how to hunt down the real story. Along the way, Kincaid discovers how much the Appalachian landscape and its people mean to her.

Dying for a Garden Party

Books in the Eliza Thomson Investigates series: •A Deadly Tonic •Murder in Moreton •Death of an Honourable Gent •Dying for a Garden Party •A Scottish Fling •A Christmas Murder •The Palace Murder NB. This series is written in ...

Author: VL McBeath

Publisher: Valyn Ltd

ISBN: 9781916134003

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

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An invitation to a garden party. The perfect opportunity for Eliza to snoop around her childhood home ... until she comes across more than she bargained for... August 1901: Oak House was once Eliza’s home. It was a place of memories, some good … some not so good. Revisiting the place had never occurred to her … until the invitation to the party arrived. And then she couldn’t keep away. Being told to stay in the garden wasn’t going to stop Eliza and Connie from finding their way indoors. But when the master of the house is found with a bullet wound in his head, they have questions to answer… The victim's family have their own ideas about the murder. But who had the most to gain from Mr Hartley’s death? In a world where secrets and lies are the norm, someone is playing games. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t bargained on Eliza’s past. Can she use her childhood knowledge of the village to identify the killer before they strike again? Set in a quintessential, English village, Dying for a Garden Party is the fourth standalone story in the Eliza Thomson Investigates series. If you like Miss Marple-style, historical murder mysteries, and amateur sleuths with attitude, you’ll love this step-back-in-time cozy series. Get your copy today! Books in the Eliza Thomson Investigates series: •A Deadly Tonic •Murder in Moreton •Death of an Honourable Gent •Dying for a Garden Party •A Scottish Fling •A Christmas Murder •The Palace Murder NB. This series is written in UK English

Who Dun It

Then, take our English course this year at home with your family or with some homeschooling friends!You Will Need to Purchase or Borrow the Following Books: -The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne -The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir ...

Author: Meredith Curtis

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1530978947

Category:

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It's a rainy day and there's only one thing to do! Make some hot chocolate and curl up with a cozy little murder mystery. Match your wits against the detective and see if you can discover who did it. Does that sound fun to you and your high school student? Have you dreamed of writing your own mystery? Every high school student should write a novel sometimes during their high school years. It's a valuable learning experience and most students end up enjoying the process and the finished product (your very own book!) In our house, since we love cozy mysteries, we decided to write our own "Who Dun It" in the pattern of the "Golden Age of Mystery." With examples like Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, and Lord Peter Wimsey, we created our own detective. By reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Mary Higgins Clark, G.K. Chesterton, Sir Conan Doyle, and other classic mystery authors, we created our own pattern to write our very own cozy mystery novel. Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature & Writing, a one credit high school English course, teaches literature and writing with the murder mystery/crime fiction drama genre. Teens read classic golden age mysteries and discuss them (while learning the elements of literature!) in a group setting (co-op or with family). The first half of the year, students create their detectives, assistants, suspects, plot, setting, theme, clues, red herrings, and murderer, as well as write a short story. Then, the second half of the year, they write their own murder mystery. Would you like to focus one year of high school English on reading and writing mysteries? Then, take our English course this year at home with your family or with some homeschooling friends! Four Classic Short Stories Included In This Book. "Murder in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe "The Ordinary Hairpins" by E. C. Bentley "The Archduke's Tea" by H. C. Bailey "A Singular Abduction" by Rodrigues Ottolengui You Will Need to Purchase, Borrow, or Download the Following Books: The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Conan Doyle Favorite Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark (or another one of her novels) The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen Two Children's Mystery Novels (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Beldon, Sugar Creek Gang, Mandie, or Encyclopedia Brown) Students Will Participate In: 1 or more Book Club discussions per month Reading stories and assignments aloud Evaluating other students writing Create 1 story with a group of friends or family members Make a comic strip Write a Short Story Write a Novel Students will learn about History of murder mysteries & Golden Age murder mysteries Sleuths Baffled Friends/Assistants, Family Plot, Setting, Characterization, Point of View, Theme, Tone, Mood, World View Detective reveals & explains Children's detective stories Tools, Disguises, Clues, Red Herrings Locked room plots How to write a short story Outlines Hooks/Opening paragraphs Creating scenes Editing, Crafting, & Publishing And More! Who Dun It? is a one credit high school course."