The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery

Each weekend you'll focus on a specific task--learning the basics of novel-writing, the special demands of mystery-writing, and the secrets professionals use to create stories one scene at a time, building to a shivery, satisfying climax.

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 9780307490391

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Like Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, Sara Paretsky and Thomas Harris, you, too, can learn the trade secrets of quality detective fiction. It's true. Just one year from now, you can deliver a completed mystery novel to a publisher--by writing only on weekends. Authors Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick guide you through the entire mystery-writing process, from creating a killer to polishing off the final draft. Each weekend you'll focus on a specific task--learning the basics of novel-writing, the special demands of mystery-writing, and the secrets professionals use to create stories one scene at a time, building to a shivery, satisfying climax. Using Agatha Christie's The Body in the Library as a model for the classical mystery tale and Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park for the hard-boiled mystery, this unique step-by-step program gives you all the information you need to reach your ultimate goal: a finished book in just 52 weeks! Let two successful masters of the genre show you how... Discover: Why you must create your killer first The tricks to writing dialogue that does it all--moves your plot, involves your reader, and makes your style sizzle How to "bury" information (and corpses) for your reader to find Why you should NOT build your book around chapters Special techniques for clearing writer's block Plus: examples from Sue Grafton, Dashiell Hammett, Patricia Cornwell, Thomas Harris, Raymond Chandler, and more.

The Weekend Novelist

This new edition will help many more strive to realize their writing potential. • Offers a practical, structured approach to finishing a novel • Ray has taught more than 10,000 students over 25 years and continues to teach new classes ...

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Billboard Books

ISBN: 9780307875051

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Who doesn't dream of writing a novel while holding on to a day job? Robert J. Ray and coauthor Bret Norris can help readers do just that, with this proven practical and accessible step-by-step guide to completing a novel in just a year's worth of weekends. The Weekend Novelist shows writers of all levels how to divide their writing time into weekend work sessions, and how to handle character, scene, and plot. This new, revised version is far more skills-based than its predecessor, and includes both classic and contemporary literature models, contains a sample "Novel in Progress," and at the end offers readers the choice to rewrite their novel, draft a memoir, or turn their rough draft into a screenplay. Readers for a decade have been instructed and inspired by The Weekend Novelist. This new edition will help many more strive to realize their writing potential. • Offers a practical, structured approach to finishing a novel • Ray has taught more than 10,000 students over 25 years and continues to teach new classes that attract new readers to his books

The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel

A follow-up to the best-selling The Weekend Novelist outlines a 52-weekend program that guides writers through the process of completing solid first drafts, in a guide that also provides lessons for developing plots and story structure.

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 9780823084432

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 271

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A follow-up to the best-selling The Weekend Novelist outlines a 52-weekend program that guides writers through the process of completing solid first drafts, in a guide that also provides lessons for developing plots and story structure. Original.

How to Write Killer Fiction

Insights from the pros abound in this collection of essays by MWA members, each
writing about an aspect of the craft at ... The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery
Robert Ray (Dell 1998) Ray also covers crafting the scene at length, and it is to ...

Author: Carolyn Wheat

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 9781564747051

Category: Reference

Page: 200

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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.

The Writer s Mentor

The Complete Book of Novel Writing . Cincinnati : Writer ' s Digest Books , 2002 .
Kesey : Kesey , Ken . One Flew over ... Ray and Remick : Ray , Robert J . , and
Jack Remick , The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery . New York : Dell , 1998 .

Author: Ian Jackman

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: UCSC:32106018602497

Category: Reference

Page: 246

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Advice in the words of the most successful writers ever is presented in thematic chapters for easy reference.

Something about the Author

The Weekend Was Murder !, Delacorte , 1992 . Author of introduction to The
Railway Children by E. Nesbit , Bantam . Also author of nonfiction sections of The
Writer's Handbook , The Writer , 1978 , 1988 , and 1992 ; Writing Mysteries : A ...

Author: Kevin S. Hile

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0810322889

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

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Series covers individuals ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries cover: personal life, career, writings and works in progress, adaptations, additional sources, and photographs.

Merry Christmas Murdock

Christmastime is here, and weary-but-wise private-eye Matt Murdock is short on funds and holiday spirit.

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Camel Press

ISBN: 1603819231

Category: Fiction

Page: 282

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It's Christmas, and weary-but-wise private-eye Matt Murdock is short on funds and holiday spirit. In the nick of time, a case comes his way involving a comatose runaway, her mother--a lovely but tightly wound senator--one of Newport Beach's wealthiest families, and a missing mystery writer. If the holidays don't kill Murdock then this case will. Ray's fourth Matt Murdock Murder Mystery.

Murdock Cracks Ice

A deadly killer has iced Rollie Nielsen, a smart college kid with a brain for chemistry, and his dad wants to know why.

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Coffeetown Press

ISBN: 1603818812

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

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A deadly killer has iced Rollie Nielsen, a smart college kid with a brain for chemistry, and his dad wants to know why. Enter Matt Murdock, a tough-and-tender PI who is willing to get his hands dirty in search of the truth. Rollie had a weakness for classy women and easy money, a combination that led him to found a drug lab. No one knows exactly where he was working and what he was cooking—presumably “ice,” the street name for methamphetamine hydrochloride. Rollie pissed off a lot of bad guys on both sides of the law, who are busy messing up Murdock’s already messy life. Leaving behind a few bodies—some of them friends—Murdock departs smoggy Newport Beach, California, for cloudy Seattle, Washington, where he hopes to unearth Rollie’s lab. With the help of wannabe detective Louie Chen and a sexy female acquaintance of Rollie’s, he just might succeed—and find a little romance along the way. That is, if he can keep his hide in one piece. Not easy, when you’ve got the biggest drug kingpin in Seattle on your tail.

Writers Northwest Handbook

And 52 weekends means 52 weekends . That includes ... SA : After discipline ,
what ' s the most important thing for a beginning novelist ? RR : Preparing to ...
SA : In The Weekend Novelist you talk about the connection between writing and
breathing ? What do you ... author of five mysteries in the Matt Murdock series ,
has also written The Hitman , Cage of Mirrors and The Heart of the Game . A
Seattle ...

Author: Joleen Colombo

Publisher:

ISBN: 0964721201

Category: Authorship

Page: 223

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Mystery Writer s Sourcebook

... those early days to thousands now , the regional cons continue to be small ,
cozy gatherings of several hundred , where during the course of the weekend ...
They all feature panel discussions on both mystery writing and the mystery field
in general . ... In 1995 Left Coast Crime was held in 374 Mystery Writer ' s
Sourcebook.

Author: David H. Borcherding

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 0898797241

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 457

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Provides advice on idea development, trends, and marketing; and profiles publishing houses, magazine publishers, and agents

Something about the Author

CASEBUSTERS ” MYSTERY SERIES The Statue That Walks at Night , Disney
Press , 1995 . The Legend of the ... The Weekend Was Murder ! , Delacorte ,
1992 . “ ELLIS ... Writing Mysteries for Young People ( for adults ) , The Writer ,
1977 .

Author:

Publisher: UXL

ISBN: 0787640336

Category: Reference

Page: 381

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An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children's authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, additional sources. A cumulative author index is included in each odd-numbered volume.While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions.Call your Sales Rep for details.

American Bookseller

The " Experts " le who attend these weekends either a mystery at the outset or are
likely come mystery lovers . In either ... On the one hand , legitimate mysteries are
more difficult to write than the simple novel . An authentic mystery must be a ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951000568997X

Category: Booksellers and bookselling

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The Writer s Market

She ' s found ways to be both a good parent and a published novelist . “ I hire a
babysitter , exchange babysitting with a friend , or write while my daughter takes
a nap . I carry a notebook and pen and my work with me wherever I go .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015062125946

Category: Authorship

Page: 1178

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Contains a list of entries that provide potential markets for writers, covering magazines, publishers, syndicates, and contests, providing information on submission requirements, pay scale, freelance work, and listings of editors and agents.

Writer s Market

They shield themselves away from interruptions by writing in bathrooms, in
corners of bedrooms, in their laundry ... Most importantly, I've learned to push
aside my guilt and steal away on the weekends to my home office with my ... she
went on to write her mysteries, having researched how victims could meet their
deaths.

Author: Kathryn S. Brogan

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974012

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1178

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Provides writers with access to up-to-date market information, including contact and submission details, editorial requirements, interviews with successful authors, and guidelines for freelancers.

Heart Soul

In all of his novels the dialogue between the characters has a special cadence ,
and each story has a unique melodic rhythm similar to the distinct ... The story ,
set over one long , soul - searching weekend , centers on protagonist Will Kelly's
inability to get over his ex - girlfriend , Agnes ... -ARS A & EASY RAWIINS
MYSTERY BAD BOY BRAWLY BROWN What do you enjoy most about writing
mysteries ?

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: NWU:35556033651571

Category: African Americans

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