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.


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


Page: 254

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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.

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

very helpful and informative Writing the Modern Mystery (1986), claimed that the
modern mystery story had its roots in the medieval morality play, but, she said, ...

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.

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries

It is up to you how much detail to show when you put someone in mortal danger.
If you have written a traditional, domestic-oriented mystery up until this point, it is
probably best not to suddenly veer off into the horrific. In any case, hinting at ...

Author: Emerson Kathy Lynn

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 9781564747082

Category: Reference

Page: 220

View: 801


The core of the book is Emerson's personal take on writing and selling historical mysteries, but it also includes contributions from over forty other historical mystery writers practical advice, anecdotes, and suggestions for research and input from assorted editors, booksellers, and reviewers. For both historical mystery writers and readers.This book embodies its subtitle: The Art & Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past. Veteran author Emerson published her first mystery twenty-three years ago, and this is her thirty-sixth published book. It draws on her experience in researching, writing, selling, and sustaining both her Lady Appleton series (Elizabethan England) and her Diana Spaulding series (1880s U.S.). This unique reference book also includes the contributions of more than forty other historical mystery writers. Their books backgrounds and settings are as diverse as Ancient Egypt and Rome, antebellum New Orleans, early Constantinople, Jazz Age England and Australia, Depression-era California, turn-of-the-century New York, Victorian England, and eighteenth-century Venice.

How to Write a Mystery

Who Will Solve the Mystery? Begin by thinking about your main character. The
main character can be anyone. He or she could be any age or live anywhere in
the world. In some books, the main character is a dog or cat! Think of someone
you ...

Author: Cecilia Minden

Publisher: Cherry Lake

ISBN: 9781610805759

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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Learn how to write thrilling mystery stories

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


Category: Reference

Page: 185

View: 825


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.

Writing Mysteries in the Classroom

Some students may really take off on these mini-lessons and want to work their
way through the book on their own. Because the goal of this book is to help
students learn to write short, fictional mystery stories, the ideal use of this book is
for ...

Author: Cheryl Garrett


ISBN: 9781593632243

Category: Education

Page: 69

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Reginald Van Feisty, owner of the world-famous chocolate factory, Dutch Delight Chocolates, is excited about his brand-new recipe for chocolate. But, before he can manufacture even the first chocolate bar, the recipe is stolen! Have your students discover who stole Van Feisty's famous chocolate recipe and they'll not only be great detectives, they'll be masters of logical thinking. There are nine suspects, but which one is guilty? This mystery becomes a vehiclefor teaching logical thinking. In solving the mystery, students will: differentiate between valid conclusions and invalid assumptions, use syllogisms to reach valid assumptions, recognize false premises, solve deductive matrix puzzles, and decode a secret message.

How I Write

Q. What steps did you take to make the transition from romance to mystery?
JANET. First, I decided to take a year off so I could do a lot of reading and watch a
lot of movies. I analyzed the mystery structure as opposed to the romance
structure ...

Author: Janet Evanovich

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 142991601X

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 671


How many people would kill to be a bestselling novelist? Especially one like Janet Evanovich.Writers want to know how a bestselling author thinks, writes, plans, and dreams her books. And they are primed for a book from Janet Evanovich that tells, in a witty Q&A format: - How she comes up with such remarkable characters - How she nails the perfect name every time - How she finds out insider details - Just how she sets up those masterful plots - What the life of a full-time writer is really like - What she'd tell an aspiring author about the publishing industry - And much, much more! This book details the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and addresses all categories of fiction-from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series. It offers practical and inspiring advice on such subjects as structuring a plot and handling rejection. And it combines one of today's most successful fiction writers with Ina Yalof, a published non-fiction writer who teaches creative fiction. HOW I WRITE is the perfect reference for anyone looking to improve their writing, and for those fans who are hungry to find out more about just how Janet Evanovich ticks.

How to Write Killer Fiction

The Funhouse of Mystery & the Roller Coaster of Suspense Carolyn Wheat ...
How To Write Killer Fiction differs from other books about writing in detailing the
crucial distinction between mystery and suspense fiction in terms of the
experience ...

Author: Carolyn Wheat

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 9781564747051

Category: Reference

Page: 200

View: 305


Writing is all about creating an experience for the reader. Whether you're giving them a brain-teasing puzzle or an adrenaline-soaked emotional roller coaster-ride, this book helps you shape your fiction to create maximum enjoyment for your readers. Now you can learn the craft directly from one of the most respected contemporary writers in the field, Carolyn What, winner of multitudinous awards and nominations. What knows what editors want, and shows you how to achieve your writing an publishing goals. How To Write Killer Fiction is a handbook that no writer of mystery or suspense can afford to be without.

You Write It Mystery

“A mystery begins to develop in my mind when something sparks an idea and a
question grows from it. What would it be like to move into a house in which a
murder had taken place? How would I feel if my best friend were arrested for
murder ...

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.

How to Write and Sell Mystery Fiction

BEEN A LAWYER for only five years when I began teaching law school . My
practical experience having been limited pretty much to the courtroom , I felt a
little ...

Author: Sylvia E. Kamerman


ISBN: IND:30000001022445

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 181

View: 510


How to Write a Real Kids Real Places Mystery


Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Gallopade International

ISBN: 9780635099778

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

View: 404


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!

The Mystery of the Adam and Eve Chronicles

It all began with the mysterious murder of a young teacher, Maryann Wesley
When she is discovered brutally killed in her own ... As well as writing, Gloria
teaches on how to write a mystery to seniors and other groups and gives book

Author: Gloria D'Alessandro

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 9781617394928

Category: Fiction

Page: 411

View: 378


It all began with the mysterious murder of a young teacher, Maryann Wesley. When she is discovered brutally killed in her own home, the only clue to the reason for her death is a missing map of ancient lore-a map that is rumored to lead straight to the Garden of Eden. Part of an obscure and mystifying ancient text knows as the Adam and Eve chronicles, this map is believed to be an artifact passed down from generation to generation through Cain himself. The person who holds this map would have access to the two most powerful plants in the world: the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. When this detail comes out, Mike McVey, the lead detective on the case, realizes that this is bigger than mere stolen property, and the map must be discovered before it can be exploited by any number of opportunists willing to control the map and its contents at any price. More intrigue develops when flowers with amazing healing and rejuvenating powers surface in the garden at the school where Conci D'Amato McVey teaches. The chase is on as word gets out about these plants purported to be from the Garden of Eden. Maryann will not be the only casualty in this quest for immortality and power. Follow Mike, Conci, and her aunt, Sister Mary Concetta Rose on this harrowing journey of history and spirituality in the Mystery of the Adam and Eve Chronicles.

The Mystery of Blackbeard The Pirate Teacher s Guide

When you are a tourist , how do you usually see a country or town ? Is there ... 37
Writing What's a mystery without clues ? Write five mystery clues in the next 60
seconds . Do you think you could write a mystery based on these clues ? What is

Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Gallopade International

ISBN: 0635016516

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 231


Companion teacher's guide to the Mystery of Blackbeard the Pirate.

Hillary Waugh s Guide to Mysteries Mystery Writing

95 How to Write Tales of Horror , Fantasy & Science Fiction , edited by J . N .
Williamson $ 15 . 95 How to Write the Story of Your Life , by Frank P . Thomas (
paper ) $ 11 . 95 How to Write Western Novels , by Matt Braun $ 13 . 95 Mystery
Writer ...

Author: Hillary Waugh

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UOM:39015021877868

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 196

View: 506


Provides a study of the mystery novel as art and as entertainment, traces the history of the genre from Edgar Allan Poe to Mickey Spillane, and analyzes the secrets of their success

Writing the Cozy Mystery

This concise tool will show you step-by-step how to develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series.

Author: Nancy J. Cohen


ISBN: 0991465512

Category: Authorship

Page: 48

View: 514


"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.

Now Write Mysteries

Suspense, Crime, Thriller, and Other Mystery Fiction Exercises from Today's Best
Writers and Teachers Sherry Ellis, Laurie ... At several points during the
development of your story, and particularly when you feel stuck, ask the question
What ...

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101553763

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 790


The essential handbook for writers of whodunits, techno- thrillers, cozies, and everything in between-featuring never-before- published personal writing exercises from some of today's bestselling and award-winning mystery writers. Now Write! Mysteries, the fourth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing guide series, brings together numerous bestselling authors-including winners of and nominees for the Edgar, Hugo, and Shamus awards,-for the definitive guide to writing mysteries, thrillers, and suspense stories. Now Write! Mysteries teaches you everything you've ever wanted to know about crafting a page-turning mystery-from creating a believable detective hero (or terrifying villain), to using real-life cutting-edge investigative techniques to bring your story to life-with practical exercises taken directly from the pros: Discover the best techniques for seamlessly integrating action into your story with John Lutz, New York Times-bestselling author of Urge to Kill, Night Kills, and Serial. Learn how to fine-tune your sense of place and setting with Louise Penny, New York Times-bestselling author of the Armand Gamache mysteries. Take advice from Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and writer/producer for Law & Order, on how to compose a scene that lives up to your character's backstory. Let Marcia Talley, Agatha- and Anthony-winning author of the Hannah Ives mysteries, show you how to build a memorable, engaging detective. (Hint: It's not about making him flawless.) Others included are: Simon Brett, Hallie Ephron, Meg Gardiner, Peter James, Christopher G. Moore, Michael Sears, and many others. No other mystery-writing guide offers the road tested wisdom of so many award-winners and bestselling authors in one place.

Mysterium and Mystery

6 Father Brown : G. K. Chesterton's Paradoxical , Prototypical Priest G. K.
Chesterton in “ How to Write a Detective Story ” warns : The first and fundamental
principle is that the aim of a mystery story , as of every other story and every other

Author: William David Spencer

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809318083

Category: Religion

Page: 344

View: 383


A reprint of the first book on the topic of the cleric as a crime-solver in fiction. Mysterium and Mystery by William David Spencer is a primary reference of meticulous scholarship for anyone interested in mystery literature.

Everyone Can Write

why are you so hung up with writing as mystery—as though the writer must
emulate God and create ex nihilo, and singlehandedly? Why won't you accept
the fact that sometimes writing doesn't require any new thinking; that most of what
we ...

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195355871

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 412

View: 800


With Writing without Teachers (OUP 1975) and Writing with Power (OUP 1995) Peter Elbow revolutionized the teaching of writing. His process method--and its now commonplace "free writing" techniques--liberated generations of students and teachers from the emphasis on formal principles of grammar that had dominated composition pedagogy. This new collection of essays brings together the best of Elbow's writing since the publication of Embracing Contraries in 1987. The volume includes sections on voice, the experience of writing, teaching, and evaluation. Implicit throughout is Elbow's commitment to humanizing the profession, and his continued emphasis on the importance of binary thinking and nonadversarial argument. The result is a compendium of a master teacher's thought on the relation between good pedagogy and good writing; it is sure to be of interest to all professional teachers of writing, and will be a valuable book for use in composition courses at all levels.