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?

Love in a Nutshell

Filled with humor, heart, and loveable characters, Love in a Nutshell is delicious fun.

Author: Janet Evanovich

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429952514

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Number one bestselling author Janet Evanovich teams up with award-winning author Dorien Kelly to deliver a sparkling novel of romantic suspense, small-town antics, secretive sabotage, and lots and lots of beer Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she's been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents' summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene's Harbor, Michigan. Kate's plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory. Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself into Culhane's business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss. Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate's family home, and keep a killer from closing in...all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another? Filled with humor, heart, and loveable characters, Love in a Nutshell is delicious fun.

Native American Mystery Writing

her desire to write in a different genre; Kneubuhl's 1994 play, Ola Na Iwi (The Bones Live) mixes history, humor, ... Because mystery writing is such a popular and well-read genre, Knebuhl uses it not only to preserve history, ...

Author: Mary Stoecklein

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498585781

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

View: 501


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.

Writing the Mystery

One of the best things that a writer can do, aside from sticking their butt on the chair and pounding the keyboard, ... Luckily for those of us who write – or want to writemysteries, a number of very active groups in this arena exist ...

Author: G. Miki Hayden

Publisher: JP&A Dyson


Category: Reference

Page: 234

View: 307


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.

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

GROUPS Here are some organizations that can be helpful to budding mystery writers: Sisters in Crime (SinC) Sisters in Crime is a supportive organization for published and unpublished mystery writers with chapters ...

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."

Great Beginnings

Let me show you how Use techniques from classic mystery writers Discover the three types of a Murder Mystery Find the right subgenre for your story Use the Rules of a Murder Mystery Apply 7 techniques to find ideas for writing a mystery ...

Author: Ron Voigts

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1721143807


Page: 80

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The Best Time to Start your Mystery Novel is Today!!! Let me show you how Use techniques from classic mystery writers Discover the three types of a Murder Mystery Find the right subgenre for your story Use the Rules of a Murder Mystery Apply 7 techniques to find ideas for writing a mystery novel Harness the 5 Element Story Model to design your novel Summarize your mystery story with the same 5 Element Story Model Develop your Mystery Novel Plan In a Nutshell This first book in the creative writing course, Writing the Killer Mystery, builds a strong background in the art, introducing fifty sub-genres, the Five Element Story Model, techniques to find great story ideas, and developing a plan to write a mystery novel. Here to Help with your Mystery Novel Let Writing the Killer Mystery series guide you. Start with Volume 1, Great Beginnings. Scroll up and grab a copy today!!!

Mystery and Suspense in Creative Writing

The Mystery of the Other Person Creative writing discusses attempts to depict the mystery of another person at different levels: “The murderer's soul, no less than the victim's life and the community's peace, are the concern of the ...

Author: Jacek Dąbała

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643902078

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 188

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Mystery and Suspense in Creative Writing presents a systematic analysis of a very important aspect of writing by integrating it with journalistic, media, and communication studies. The book examines the specific rules for creating intrigue and suspense, and confronts their universal features with selected literary texts. The individual texts emphasize the importance of understanding the emotions through transformation of various archetypes. The rules postulated by creative writing for building drama and tension in such texts often deal with this profound issue. They are thus not an end in themselves, but actually lead to more mature writing. Therefore, they essentially contribute to developing one's creative talent and communication skills. The paradigm of creative writing serves to shape the creativity of students of various disciplines, including not only literary studies and journalism, but also such diverse areas as medicine and information technology. (Series: International Studies in Hermeneutics and Phenomenology - Vol. 7)

British Women Mystery Writers

British writer Jennie Melville (aka Gwendoline Butler) began writing in the mid–1950s. In addition to mysteries with a romantic twist and police procedurals with a male protagonist, she is particularly interesting for her series with a ...

Author: Mary Hadley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078648361X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Many aspects of British detective fiction are intriguingly different from the American detective fiction. And, confusingly, many of the British women detectives who have made it to American television are far from typical of the latest women detectives. This work is a study of British detective fiction with female protagonists written by women. Authors included are P.D. James, Jennie Melville, Liza Cody, Val McDermid, Joan Smith and Susan Moody. Special attention is paid to the evolution of the British female sleuth from the 1960s to the year 2000, particularly the 1980s, and how this shaped and altered detective fiction. Also discussed is the effect of the British judicial system and gun laws on detective fiction and real life, the types of crimes women detectives usually investigate, why certain directions have been taken and which ones may be taken in the future, issues being raised by the authors, and new women authors of detective fiction with female protagonists.

The Mystery Readers Advisory

RESOURCES: ITS WHO, NOT WHAT, YOU KNOW Mystery Writers of America is a "nonprofit professional organization of mystery and crime writers in all categories: fiction, including adult novels, short stories, and YA and juvenile fiction; ...

Author: John Charles

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 083890811X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 227

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Three librarians from Scottsdale, Arizona provide library staff with an introduction to the mystery genre and offer tips and techniques for providing advice to mystery readers in the library. They include some of their own bibliographies, but refer readers elsewhere for fuller ones. They also include a brief history of the genre to pass on to readers new to it.

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition

MYSTERY. WRITER. GROUPS. Writing is a solitary activity, but many organizations provide the writer with support and encouragement from ... Sisters in Crime is a supportive organization for published and unpublished mystery writers.

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440347221

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 298

View: 449


A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, the essentials of craft and the plan to execute them are right at your fingertips with Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. This completely revised and updated edition features solid strategies for drafting, revising, and selling an intriguing novel that grips your readers and refuses to let them go. New York Times best-selling author Hallie Ephron shows you how to: • Create a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain • Construct a plot rich in twists, red herrings, and misdirection • Bring the story to a satisfying conclusion • Sharpen characters and optimize pace during revision • Seek publication through both traditional and indie paths Filled with helpful worksheets and exercises for every step of the process, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded reveals the keys to writing a memorable story that will have fans of mystery, suspense, and crime clamoring for more.

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries

SLEUTHING THROUGH TL This useful, fascinating, and complete guide will inspire and delight writers (and readers, too) of historical mysteries. These books are the most enjoyable and memorable way to experience history up close and ...

Author: Kathy Lynn Emerson


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.

The Mystery of the Shemitah with DVD

It would also trigger the opening of a new stream of ancient mysteries and revelations. It was in this stream that the mystery of the Shemitah began to unfold. In the process of writing The Harbinger, I was led to present the mysteries ...

Author: Jonathan Cahn

Publisher: Charisma Media

ISBN: 9781629987156

Category: Prophecy

Page: 304

View: 609


With ease of audio/visual access for individual study or small groups, this book/DVD combo set makes the message come alive and draws audiences into greater understanding of the biblical message of The Mystery of the Shemitah and The Mystery of the Shemitah Unlocked DVD, increasing word-of-mouth potential of The Harbinger derivative product line.


Somewhat after the manner of the “ Yankee , ” but more carefully got up , was the “ World in a Nutshell , ” which broke its shell about 1830 ... It equalled “ Junius ” in the mystery of its authorship . ... The style of writing .

Author: Maine Press Association


ISBN: UCAL:B3091175



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How I Write

Q. Are you happier writing mystery than you were writing romance? JANET. Yes. I prefer mystery for structural reasons. I like writing in the first person, and it's more accepted in mystery. I write with a lot of humor, but humor can get ...

Author: Janet Evanovich

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 142991601X

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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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.

Ghost Writer in the Sky

No writer actually practices what's in his fiction. Murder Mystery writers don't kill people, Romance writers don't have pretty girls in every port, Western writers don't blast away with six-guns, Erotic writers don't have sex twenty ...

Author: Piers Anthony

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504038768

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Two Ordinary People from Mundania travel to Xanth to defeat a rogue Night Colt in the latest in a beloved series from bestselling author Piers Anthony. The Night Colt has one ambition: to deliver dreams to the deserving. Unfortunately, only Night Mares can take on this task, and the Colt has no hope of leading his own herd if he can’t get any practice. . . . So he’s struck a deal with a Mundane. During the hours when the Night Mares rest—dusk and dawn—the duo plants stories in the air, compelling the people of Xanth to enact them—whether they want to or not. Unwilling to participate in these fantasies, the princesses of Xanth, Dawn and Eve, come up with a plan to fight the menacing pair, but they’ll need the help of two unlikely heroes to succeed. In Mundania, a mysterious painting entrances Ordinary People Tartan and Tara. But why do they each see something different when they look at it? They quickly learn that it’s not a painting after all, but a portal to a magical world. With nothing to lose, they climb through the portal into Xanth and are met with a plea to help stop the Night Colt and his ghost writer. Tartan and Tara don’t hesitate to join the quest to save Xanth from the ultimate pun-tastrophe. Together with their new friends, they’ll begin a journey full of magic and romance—and, of course, puns—that will lead them to a long-lost prince, a beautiful dragoness, the goddess Isis, and a demon named Ted. With rip-roaring humor and nonstop adventure, the newest addition to Piers Anthony’s popular Xanth series is sure to enchant fans of epic fantasy. Ghost Writer in the Sky is the 41st book in the Xanth series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Mysteries In the Classroom

In Part Five he guides the budding mystery writer step-by-step in coauthoring a mystery. Mysteries in the Classroom is a highly useful guide for teachers, students, writers, and armchair adventurers everywhere for finding and using the ...

Author: Nancy J. Polette

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781591589327

Category: Education

Page: 215

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Celebrated author Nancy Polette offers a complete mystery literature guide for primary, intermediate, and middle school mysteries. • Offers step-by-step guides for using mysteries in the classroom, including more than 200 mystery booktalks • Provides lists of the Edgar Allan Poe Junior Mystery Award winners from 1979 to 2008 • Ties to the National Standards in Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies

The paradoxical mysteries

experts claim that this style of writing was much easier for him than when he had to write in the normal fashion for the public. Still, there are other ways he could have achieved it than the more tasking effort of writing in the manner ...

Author: Oshin

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers


Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 376

View: 841


Containing fascinating and seemingly paradoxical mysteries, this brilliant collection peels back the veil on some of history’s most captivating stories. From the secret identity of Jack the Ripper to the possible existence of the paranormal, you’ll be taken on a puzzling journey into the unsolved questions and mysteries which plague our deeply complex past. Discover five thrilling true mysteries which defy all explanation- Take a thought-provoking look at the last moments aboard sinking of the -Titanic, and How it sparked true love story of Ida and Isidor Strauss ,Dive into the emotions with heart wrenching tales from survivors and unravel where is real heart of ocean? Uncover the Whitechapel murders and discover –Who were canonical five? Who was Jack the Ripper, and How did he prowl the dark streets of London for so long? Decode the secrets of the Mona Lisa, exploring the tantalizing possibilities of hidden codes, duplicate versions, how it became world’s most famous painting from ordinary and learn about the strange genius - Leonardo Da Vinci. Did Leonardo paint nude version of Mona lisa? Witness the fear of the unknown with real paranormal evidence including the Anneliese Michelle demonic possession and the exorcism, the Perron house haunting and the Amityville horror Decipher the greatest mystery of all time – Does God Exist? And how can science prove it? Elusive, perplexing and enigmatic, these mysteries have captured our attention and imaginations for decades. Based on a foundation of real-life facts and stories, the first book in The Paradoxical Mysteries Series will keep you hanging from every page. A land of wonder awaits you on other side.

The Creative Writing Workbook

In `Things', Simpson's persona says that the simplest articles of household use, such as `a chair, a dish ... in the pure state are mysterious'. Write about the `mystery' of a household object. `It is possible,' wrote Raymond Carver, ...

Author: John Singleton

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780333985229

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 963


This is a companion to The Creative Writing Handbook - now in its second edition. It is very much aimed at the individual writer, based on the idea that real writing comes from within and that writing is a craft, skill with determination, art with attitude. The book is filled with useful ideas and inspiring techniques for exploring and exploiting resources available, both within and without. It focuses on three major areas - the writer's roots (family, class and gender), the writer's resources (memory and language) and the writer's art (form and technique). Chapters focus on many topics, including how memory shapes a writer's material, the pro-creative force of words and the ambiguities of art and artfulness. Many examples of established writers' works are cited to give the fledgling writer much practical help.

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Volume Two

Her writing was praised by fellow mystery writers Ruth Rendell and P. D. James; James said that Sayers “brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit.” Set between the two World Wars, the Wimsey novels are ...

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504054430

Category: Fiction

Page: 2580

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The British aristocrat and sleuth takes on four more puzzling whodunits in this beloved series from “one of the greatest mystery story writers” (Los Angeles Times). A gentleman needs hobbies. For Lord Peter Wimsey—a Great War veteran with a touch of shell shock—collecting rare books, sampling fine wines, and catching criminals are all most pleasant diversions. In these Golden Age whodunits, “Lord Peter can hardly be spared from the ranks of the great detectives of the printed page” (The New York Times). The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club: On Armistice Day, a wealthy general dies in his club, surrounded by fellow veterans—while across town his sister also dies suspiciously, throwing a half-million-pound inheritance into turmoil. Now club member Lord Peter Wimsey must fight an uphill battle to solve the case. Strong Poison: Lord Peter Wimsey comes to the trial of Harriet Vane for a glimpse at one of the most engaging murder cases London has seen in years. There is little doubt the woman will face the hangman. A mildly popular mystery novelist, she stands accused of poisoning her fiancé, a literary author and well-known advocate of free love. But as Lord Peter watches Harriet in the dock, he begins to doubt her guilt—and to fall in love. The Five Red Herrings: In the idyllic village of Kirkcudbright on the Scottish coast, every resident and visitor has two things in common: They either fish or paint (or both), and they all hate Sandy Campbell. So when the painter’s body is found at the bottom of a steep hill, Wimsey suspects someone’s taken a creative approach to the art of murder. Have His Carcase: Harriet Vane has gone on vacation to forget her recent murder trial and, more importantly, to forget the man who cleared her name—the dapper, handsome, and maddening Lord Peter Wimsey. But when she finds a dead body on the beach, only the gentleman sleuth can help her solve a murder after all the evidence has washed out to sea.

The Elements of Mystery Fiction

This new expanded edition of Elements contains original chapters by some of our best contemporary writers and most prominent personalities in the publishing world discussing writing and business issues that are vital to mystery writers in ...

Author: William G. Tapply


ISBN: 9781458717924

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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The Elements of Mystery Fiction: Writing the Modern Whodunit has guided and inspired mystery writers - veterans as well as beginners - for nearly a decade. Here William G. Tapply, with more than 20 popular mystery and suspense novels under his belt, isolates the crucial ''elements'' of the mystery novels that publishers want to publish and readers want to read - original plots, clever clues, sympathetic sleuths, memorable villains, multi-dimensional supporting characters, true-to-life settings, sharp narrative hooks, and, of course, smooth writing. In clear, readable prose using examples from many of our best contemporary mystery novelists, Tapply shows how the writer can create the pieces and fit them together to make a story you can't put down. This new expanded edition of Elements contains original chapters by some of our best contemporary writers and most prominent personalities in the publishing world discussing writing and business issues that are vital to mystery writers in the 21st century.