How to Write a Mystery

Now, this 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: 9781982149451

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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.

How to Write a Mystery

Draws on examples from some of the best mystery writers to explain how to create the twists and turns of a good mystery, covering plot, dialogue, character development, and finding the right format *Character, plot, and procedure * The ...

Author: Larry Beinhart

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345397584

Category: Fiction

Page: 225

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Draws on examples from some of the best mystery writers to explain how to create the twists and turns of a good mystery, covering plot, dialogue, character development, and finding the right format

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

Page: 64

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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 Mystery

Write Your Own Mystery Story. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006. Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. Nate the Great Series. New York: Dell.

Author: Cecilia Minden

Publisher: Cherry Lake

ISBN: 9781610805759

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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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: 0312304463

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.

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.

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

THE MODERN MYSTERY AS HEROIC LITERATURE Barbara Norville, in her very helpful and informative Writing the Modern Mystery (1986), claimed that the modern ...

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.

Write a Mystery in 5 Simple Steps

Now Write! Mysteries: Suspense, Crime, Thriller, and Other Mystery Fiction Exercises From Today's Best Writers and Teachers. New York: Tarcher, 2011.

Author: Amy Dunkleberger

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766043862

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Books, movies, T.V. shows, video games, mysteries can be found everywhere, for every type of audience. Part story, part puzzle, mysteries are naturally fun and exciting, both to read and to write, but how do you begin to write a mystery story? Author Amy Dunkleberger shows aspiring writers how to invent a believable mystery.

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?

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 a Real Kids Real Places Mystery

Let the characters keep moving, keep clues coming, help everything lead to the resolution of your mystery by the end of Chapter 5. The mystery?:

Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Gallopade International

ISBN: 9780635099778

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

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The How to Write Your Own Real Kids Real Places Mystery includes lots of detailed writing tips as your teacher's guide. A great way to inspire student creativity, and build strong writing skills! The How to Write Your Own Real Kids Real Places Mystery is a perfect. The book includes: Title Page o Copyright The Real Characters Page ¥ The Location Page ¥ The Table of Contents Page all the way through completing the mystery ¥ The Author Page ¥ The Glossary Page ¥ The Scavenger Hunt Page ¥ Coming Soon Page!

You Write It Mystery

“A mystery begins to develop in my mind when something sparks an idea and a ... Before I write a word of the story I know how I'll begin it and how I'll end ...

Author: John Hamilton

Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781617865671

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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This title gives children the tools they need to turn their creativity into readable, cohesive stories. Written by award-winning author and screenwriter John Hamilton, You Write It! Lays out for kids the format, organization, and development of a mystery book. Novice writers of all ages will find this book a detailed yet easy-to-follow guide for turning thoughts and ideas into readable written works. ABDO & Daughters is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

You Can Write a Mystery

A prevalent myth has it that the ability to write is innate, almost genetic—like freckles or a ... This includes the art of writing mysteries.

Author: Gillian Roberts

Publisher: Untreed Reads

ISBN: 9781611876505

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 106

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Have you ever thought about writing a mystery, and gave up the idea because you didn’t know where to begin? Now is your chance to write the mystery of your dreams. You Can Write a Mystery, written by Gillian Roberts, author of the Anthony Award-winning Amanda Pepper series, will help you start your mystery, and guide you through to the end. With this book you'll learn how to build your story from the ground up, based on what Roberts calls the "Seven Cs." Examples and exercises will help you complete your story—filled with cliffhangers, intriguing characters and hooks. This book offers practical suggestions for handling problems likely to arise during the writing process. You will learn: ·The Seven Cs your book can't do without—characters, conflict, causality, complications, change, crisis and closure ·The Fifteen Commandments for mystery ·How to design your sleuth ·How to hide clues and exploit red herrings ·Research techniques ·How to develop a style, find a tone and construct a killer plot In addition to practical writing advice, Roberts offers expert guidance for editing, revising and submitting a top-notch manuscript, whether for traditional or independent publishing. With its easy-to-understand format, You Can Write a Mystery will help take you from writer…to accomplished mystery writer.

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries

Alanna Knight has written several mysteries featuring Tam Eildor, a time traveler from the twenty-third century, who solves mysteries in various eras.

Author: Kathy Lynn Emerson

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000063115598

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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In her useful, fascinating, and complete guide to writing historical mysteries, Emerson demonstrates how she and her colleagues bring history to life, rather than merely writing contemporary mystery in costume.

How to Write Mysteries

"The howdunits of whodunits are no longer a mystery. Inside you'll learn how to spin intriguing yarns guaranteed to keep your readers in suspense until the very last word"--Cover.

Author: Shannon OCork

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 0898793726

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 131

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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: 9781532000522

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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?

Mysterious Writers

The advice offered here is invaluable to fledgling writers, so pull up a comfortable chair and begin the mysterious tour of nearly every subgenre.

Author: Jean Henry Mead

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Inc

ISBN: 9781615952373

Category: Reference

Page: 200

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Mystery novels are published in a number of subgenres to satisfy the tastes of every reader. Not only do we have the traditional mystery—also known as the cozy—there are historicals, suspense and thriller novels, crime, police procedurals, private eyes and senior sleuths (also known as “geezer lit”). Then there are medical thrillers, romantic suspense as well as science fiction mysteries and the niche novels that cover endless subjects. The mystery writers interviewed here have written articles about various aspects of publishing, including writing techniques, marketing, promotional advice and their opinions on the current state of the publishing industry. Carolyn Hart, bestselling author of the Henrie O and Death on Demand series, talks about her new protagonist, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who returns to earth as a ghost to anonymously solve mysteries. Jeffrey Deaver’s varied careers prepared him to write insightful as well as thrilling novels, John Gilstrap explains why some bestselling novelists hold down fulltime jobs, and Rick Mofina provides sixteen great tips for writing thriller novels. A number of Canadian and UK authors share their publishing views as well as comparing books from their own countries with those of the U.S. suspense novelist Paul Johnston writes from his native Scotland as well as his home in Greece while Tim Hallinan divides his time between Thailand, Cambodia, and southern California, writing much of his work in Bangkok cafés. Gillian Phillip writes YA mystery novels from Barbados and her native Scottish highlands, and international airline pilot Mark W. Danielson composes his suspense novels during layovers in various parts of the world, while S. J. Bolton thrills us with snakes and other creepy creatures in and from the British Isles. English native Carola Dunn writes historical mysteries about her countrymen as does Rhys Bowen, who writes about historical English royals. Other historical novelists include Larry Karp, who provides us with the history of Ragtime music and the people who made the genre popular during its heyday and Beverle Graves Myers delves into operatic mysteries set in 18th century Venice. The work of several writing teams inhabits this book, including Eric Mayer and Mary Reed, who pen historical mysteries. Mark and Charlotte Phillips write suspense novels, and Morgan St. James and her sister Phyllice Bradner collaborate on humorous mysteries. Jeff Cohen, Tim Maleeny, and Carl Brookins also add humor to their mysterious plots, so prepare to laugh when you open their books. There are police procedurals, medical thrillers and romantic suspense novelists represented here as well as niche mysteries designed for readers who love dogs, scrapbooking, zoos, the Arizona desert, space shuttles, weight-loss clinics, actors, designer gift baskets and other specialty subjects. Nonfiction books about the mystery genre round out this eclectic collection with Edgar winner E.J. Wagner, Agatha winner Chris Roerden, Lee Lofland, Jeffrey Marks, and small press publishers Vivian Zabel and Tony Burton. The advice offered here is invaluable to fledgling writers, so pull up a comfortable chair and begin the mysterious tour of nearly every subgenre.

Writing Mysteries

Top mystery writers share insights and advice on writing for the genre, discussing how to develop ideas and characters, pacing and suspense, editing and revising work, and submitting manuscripts.

Author: Mystery Writers of America

Publisher: Mystery Writers of America

ISBN: UVA:X004470336

Category: Reference

Page: 312

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Top mystery writers share insights and advice on writing for the genre, discussing how to develop ideas and characters, pacing and suspense, editing and revising work, and submitting manuscripts.