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

View: 297

DOWNLOAD →

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?

How to Write a Mystery

Now, this new handbook helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape—from pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, to the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, and more.

Author: Mystery Writers of America

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982149437

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 266

DOWNLOAD →

From the most successful mystery writers in the business, an invaluable guide to crafting mysteries—from character development and plot to procedurals and thrillers—a must-have for every aspiring mystery writer. Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is known for providing unparalleled resources on the craft, art, and business of storytelling, helping writers of all levels improve their skills for nearly a century. Now, this new handbook helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape—from pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, to the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, and more. Featuring essays by a new generation of bestselling experts on various elements of the craft and shorter pieces of crowd-sourced wisdom from the MWA membership as a whole, the topics covered can be categorized as follows: —Before Writing (rules; genres; setting; character; research; etc.) —While Writing (outlining; the plot; dialogue; mood; etc.) —After Writing (agents; editors; self-pub; etc.) —Other than Novels (short stories; true crime; etc.) —Other Considerations (diverse characters; legal questions; criticism) Also included is a collection of essays from MWA published authors—including Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, and Charlaine Harris—selected by bestselling authors Lee Child and Laurie King and arranged thematically answering, “What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?” Highly anticipated and incredibly useful, this new and trusted guide from MWA’s experts provides practical, current, easily digestible advice for new and established authors alike.

Mystery

Solving the Mystery of the MysteryHow do you write a cozy murder mystery that readers will love?

Author: Paul Tomlinson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1977898378

Category:

Page: 254

View: 335

DOWNLOAD →

Solving the Mystery of the Mystery How do you write a cozy murder mystery that readers will love? You need to include all of the things they expect to find in their favourite genre: - A murderer and a victim - An investigator - either a Great Detective in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes; a Spinster Sleuth like Miss Marple; or a fiesty modern amateur sleuth - A closed setting with a small circle of suspects - A 'Watson' to assist (or hamper!) the sleuth - An investigation that explores Means, Motive, Opportunity and Alibis - Clues to what really happened and red herrings that muddy the waters - A plot that puts all of these things together in the proper sequence Here you will find techniques and tools for creating all of these ingredients, along with detailed breakdowns of the three plot structures most often used for whodunits: the Act I Murder, the Midpoint Murder, and the Most-Likely Suspect (or Innocent Accused) story. You will also find out how locked room or 'impossible' mysteries are created and how 'inverted mysteries' differ from the usual kind. As a bonus, there is a detailed analysis of how these guidelines were used to develop, plot out, and write a full-length murder mystery novel - from original idea to final edit.

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

Rules are fine until you get a feel for your own style and are skilled enough to
stretch the limits of your writing. Certain rules, like playing fair with the reader, will
always make sense.” — RHYS BOWEN Getting started writing a mystery novel
can ...

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582977003

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 580

DOWNLOAD →

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."

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

View: 464

DOWNLOAD →

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.

How to Write a Mystery

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 ...

Author: Larry Beinhart

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780307776051

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 411

DOWNLOAD →

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.

The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

"Entertaining and authoritative, this alphabetically arranged companion is an indispensable reference guide to crime and mystery writing.

Author: Rosemary Herbert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195072391

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 535

View: 652

DOWNLOAD →

"Entertaining and authoritative, this alphabetically arranged companion is an indispensable reference guide to crime and mystery writing. Unique in its biographical and critical treatment of major detective writers, it is a comprehensive digest to the gen

The Cases of Susan Dare

In this handful of elegant, classic stories, Mignon Eberhart’s amateur detective proves her worth time and time again. Decades before Murder, She Wrote, Eberhart realized that those who write mysteries can solve them too.

Author: Mignon G. Eberhart

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781453257272

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 724

DOWNLOAD →

A mystery author finds her knowledge of murder put to practical useInside the lovely head of Susan Dare, grisly murder lurks. A mystery author who makes her living providing tidy solutions to imaginary crimes, Dare is enjoying a much-needed vacation when the mood at her host’s house turns sour. Ugly secrets lurk in the Frame family’s past, and jealousy stirs beneath the surface of their tranquil country estate. Dare makes plans to leave before her hosts turn on each other, but she is too late. On the morning of her departure, a gunshot echoes through the fog. Only a beautiful author with a head full of murder mysteries can pinpoint the killer. In this handful of elegant, classic stories, Mignon Eberhart’s amateur detective proves her worth time and time again. Decades before Murder, She Wrote, Eberhart realized that those who write mysteries can solve them too.

Native American Mystery Writing

This book analyzes Native-authored detective fiction to consider how Native authors use a popular literary genre to make social, cultural, and political critiques by shedding light on settler-colonial crimes, arguing for strengthened tribal ...

Author: Mary Stoecklein

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498585781

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

View: 423

DOWNLOAD →

This book analyzes Native-authored detective fiction to consider how Native authors use a popular literary genre to make social, cultural, and political critiques by shedding light on settler-colonial crimes, arguing for strengthened tribal sovereignty, and illustrating the resilience of Indigenous peoples.

First Thrills Volume 4

From small-town crime stories to sweeping global conspiracies, this is a cross section of today's hottest thriller-writing talent. This original collection is now split into four e-book volumes, packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem!

Author: John Lescroart

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 9781429949057

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 959

DOWNLOAD →

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and the International Thriller Writers, Inc. present a collection of remarkable stories in First Thrills. From small-town crime stories to sweeping global conspiracies, this is a cross section of today's hottest thriller-writing talent. This original collection is now split into four e-book volumes, packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem! First Thrills: Volume 4 contains stories seven original stories by: John Lescroart Alex Kava and Deb Carlin John Lutz and Lise S. Baker CJ Lyons Cynthia Robinson Marc Paoletti Bill Cameron At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Writing the Mystery

This third edition of G. Miki Hayden’s award-winning guide for mystery writers provides invaluable step-by-step advice on shaping plots, developing characters, and creating a fast-paced and compelling mystery for the modern market.

Author: G. Miki Hayden

Publisher: JP&A Dyson

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 234

View: 754

DOWNLOAD →

This third edition of G. Miki Hayden’s award-winning guide for mystery writers provides invaluable step-by-step advice on shaping plots, developing characters, and creating a fast-paced and compelling mystery for the modern market. Regular exercises throughout the book help you put into practice what you’ve learned, and once you’ve created your masterpiece Hayden provides guidance on how to get your novel to market: how to approach agents and publishers; how to prepare your manuscript and cover letter; and a whole new section on the self-publishing phenomenon that has exploded since the publication of the first edition. Hayden also offers tips and advice from some of the biggest names in modern mystery, through interviews with such renowned authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Tony Hillerman, Rick Riordan, and others. G. Miki Hayden is a long-time member and former board member of Mystery Writers of America, and regularly teaches a mystery writing workshop (and other courses) at Writer’s Digest online university. She has recent novels from Portals Publishing and from Curiosity Quills Press, the current publisher of her style guide, The Naked Writer. She has had many short stories in print over the years in national publications. Her story “The Maids,” set in French-ruled Haiti and featured in an MWA anthology, won an Edgar.

How to Outline a Cozy Mystery

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.

Author: Sara Rosett

Publisher: Sara Rosett

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 185

View: 590

DOWNLOAD →

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? Let USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett show you how she’s planned and written over 25 mysteries in this direct and to-the-point guide without fluff or filler. 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 conventions (or tropes) cozy readers want and expect -The psychology behind why readers choose cozies -How a cozy mystery fits into classic plot structure -Tips on how to hide clues and red herrings -And much, much more! Sara Rosett’s firsthand knowledge of cozy mystery structure and what cozy readers want will help you shape your idea into a novel. Her tips and workbook will save you time and give you confidence as you approach the blank page. Buy Sara 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.

Great Women Mystery Writers

Surveys the lives and works of some 90 contemporary women mystery writers, who are among the most popular authors read today.

Author: Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313334285

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 335

View: 541

DOWNLOAD →

Surveys the lives and works of some 90 contemporary women mystery writers, who are among the most popular authors read today.

Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction

Essays that explore major theoretical viewpoints of the detective fiction genre and then apply those theories to the novels of Agatha Christie and her heirs in the British ratiocinative tradition.

Author: Hofstra University

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313304629

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

View: 359

DOWNLOAD →

Essays that explore major theoretical viewpoints of the detective fiction genre and then apply those theories to the novels of Agatha Christie and her heirs in the British ratiocinative tradition.

Don t Murder Your Mystery

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 ...

Author: Chris Roerden

Publisher:

ISBN: 1933523131

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 293

View: 308

DOWNLOAD →

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.

Crime Fiction

Since the mid-19th century crime fiction has been one of the most popular sub-genres of the novel. In this Very Short Introduction, Richard Bradford explores its origins and the features that define its varied style.

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199658787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

View: 838

DOWNLOAD →

"Tells the story of the developing genre of crime fiction, from its 18th century origins in Britain to its contemporary international scope. Ranging from drawing-room murder mysteries to spy fiction, legal dramas, and thrillers, Bradford explores the conventions of the genre, and considers how crime writers have worked to escape the limitations it places on them."--Front flap.

Murder Most Fair

The treatment of formal features is historical."--Jacket.

Author: Michael Cohen

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838638511

Category: Fiction

Page: 207

View: 996

DOWNLOAD →

The treatment of formal features is historical."--Jacket.

Writing Detective and Mystery Fiction

1 the REQUIREMENTS FOR GARGOYLE MYSTERIES , which you'll find on the
jacket of every mystery novel published by ... Seven minutes after the last one
arrived we were engaged in a violent discussion on how to write a mystery novel
.

Author: Abraham Saul Burack

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3477229

Category: Detective and mystery stories

Page: 237

View: 403

DOWNLOAD →

Fair Warning

THIS IS CONNELLY AT THE PEAK OF HIS POWERS' MAIL ON SUNDAY * * * * Jack McEvoy is a reporter with a track record in finding killers. But he's never been accused of being one himself. Jack went on one date with Tina Portrero.

Author: Michael Connelly

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781409199106

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 641

DOWNLOAD →

HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU? THE INSTANT NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'AS EXCITING AS ANYTHING CONNELLY HAS WRITTEN' THE TIMES 'UTTERLY COMPELLING ... THIS IS CONNELLY AT THE PEAK OF HIS POWERS' MAIL ON SUNDAY * * * * Jack McEvoy is a reporter with a track record in finding killers. But he's never been accused of being one himself. Jack went on one date with Tina Portrero. The next thing he knows, the police are at his house telling Jack he's a suspect in her murder. Maybe it's because he doesn't like being accused of a crime he didn't commit. Or maybe it's because the method of her murder is so chilling that he can't get it out of his head. But as he uses his journalistic skills to open doors closed to the police, Jack walks a thin line between suspect and detective - between investigation and obsession - on the trail of a killer who knows his victims better than they know themselves... Riveting, original and terrifying - this masterpiece from Michael Connelly is the best thriller you will read this summer. * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the very best writers working today in any genre' Sunday Telegraph 'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'A master' Stephen King 'A genius' Independent on Sunday 'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard