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 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

View: 677


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.

The Weekend Novelist

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.

Author: Robert Joseph Ray

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: UCSC:32106018197464

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 266

View: 824


Robert J. Ray and coauthor Bret Norris can help readers write a novel while holding on to a day job, with this 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 more skills-based than its predecessor, 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.--From publisher description.

The Weekend Novelist

Add a cop like Anderson, and there is no doubt: you're writ' ing a mystery. If you have read The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, you probably remember the four character roles: Killer, Sleuth, ...

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Billboard Books

ISBN: 9780307875051

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 647


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

Writing Mysteries

Robert Ray, The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery. Angela Zeman Lawrence Block, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit. John Gardner, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. Robert McKee, Story. Gary Provost, 100 Ways to Improve ...

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976488

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 160


Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever! In this extraordinary compilation, more than three dozen members of the Mystery Writers of America share insights and advice that can help make your writing dreams a reality. You'll learn how to: • Develop unique ideas • Construct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and suspense • Create compelling characters and atmospheric settings • Develop a writing style all your own • Write convincing dialogue • Choose the appropriate point of view • Work with an agent • Conduct accurate research • and much, much more! You'll also find special guidelines for creating clues, dropping red herrings, and writing medical, legal, historical, true crime, and young adult mysteries. It's all the information you need to solve the mystery-writing riddle!

Crime Fiction as World Literature

And yet, it is quite striking that mystery advice still projects a more or less constant image, manifesting unity in ... How to Write a Mystery (Larry Beinhart), Writing the Mystery (G. Miki Hayden), The Weekend Novelist Writes a ...

Author: Louise Nilsson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501319341

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 457


While crime fiction is one of the most widespread of all literary genres, this is the first book to treat it in its full global is the first book to treat crime fiction in its full global and plurilingual dimensions, taking the genre seriously as a participant in the international sphere of world literature. In a wide-ranging panorama of the genre, twenty critics discuss crime fiction from Bulgaria, China, Israel, Mexico, Scandinavia, Kenya, Catalonia, and Tibet, among other locales. By bringing crime fiction into the sphere of world literature, Crime Fiction as World Literature gives new insights not only into the genre itself but also into the transnational flow of literature in the globalized mediascape of contemporary popular culture.

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 which ... The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery Robert Ray (Dell 1998) Ray also covers crafting the scene at length, ...

Author: Carolyn Wheat

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 9781564747051

Category: Reference

Page: 200

View: 781


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.

Masterclass Writing Crime Fiction

Writing Mysteries (Writers' Digest 2002) – an interesting collection of papers by different authors. Ray, Robert J., and Remick, Jack, The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery: From Empty Space to Finished Mysteries in Just 52 ...

Author: Rosemary Rowe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473601383

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 551


Do you have an idea for a gripping crime novel? Would you like to know how to plot your book flawlessly? Do you want to create beautifully crafted characters and nail biting twists? This book is designed for anyone who wants to write an unputdownable crime novel. Whatever your subgenre, whether Scandi-crime or detective 'cosies', this book is full of inspirational advice, acute insights and practical exercises. The first part of the book establishes the rules of writing crime fiction - from convincing characters to the role of research. The book then covers the practical craft of writing and editing, before explaining in detail how to secure a contract and/or self-publish your work. A comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to be the next Val McDermid or Ian Rankin.

Is Life Like This A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months

The Thirty-six Dramatic Situations by Georges Polti, The Writer, Inc., 1977. ... The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray, Dell Trade paperback, 1994. ... Writing Mysteries, edited by Sue Grafton, Writer's Digest paperback, 2002.

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393076997

Category: Reference

Page: 320

View: 986


“[Dufresne’s] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.”—Brad Watson “Writing a novel,” says John Dufresne, “is not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But it’s also not as difficult as you imagined.” Dufresne’s smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps. His six-month program variously calls attention to the key elements of good fiction writing and offers exercises that are designed to sharpen writers’ command of novel-length storytelling. After six months of guided writing, the users of this book will finish what might have once seemed impossible—a rich and compelling first draft of a novel. Is Life Like This? may well be the most important addition to the aspiring writer’s library.

The Weekend Was Murder

There are ghosts in some of your mystery novels," I insisted. “I invent them and write about them because people love to be frightened," she said. "My ghosts are no more real than the ghost in that silly story about room nineteen ...

Author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Publisher: Laurel Leaf

ISBN: 9780307823489

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 208

View: 704


For fans of Gillian Flynn, Caroline Cooney, and R.L. Stine comes The Weekend was Murder! from four-time Edgar Allen Poe Young Adult Mystery Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon. Mary Elizabeth can’t wait for the weekend to begin at the Ridley Hotel, where a famous mystery writer and a troupe of actors are coming to enact a murder mystery for 150 amateur sleuths. Mary Elizabeth’s role is to discover the “body” in Room 1927, which is supposed to be haunted. But nothing prepares her for the real body she finds in Room 1927… “A masterfully constructed, engaging read that…[is] ingeniously plotted, fast-paced and lighthearted.” –Publishers Weekly “Fans will love wading through the myriad details and placing bets on the outcome.” –Kirkus Reviews “Mystery fans will…enjoy trying to solve the various crimes.” –School Library Journal

Merry Christmas Murdock

Murdock finds dirt that gets him a bullet. Wounded, he solves the case and saves Cindy Duke, who we first met in Bloody Murdock. Merry Christmas, Murdock launches the Murdock PI series into the Cyber Age.

Author: Robert Ray


ISBN: 1466245603


Page: 236

View: 309


Christmas in California and the happy sound of God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, booming through Xanadu Mall, shopping depot for the fat cats of Newport Beach, California, when a runaway teen gets slammed in a hit-and-run. The cops are slow. The girl's mother, a power Senator, hires Murdock, PI, to probe the case. The trail leads from posh Xanadu to the upper world of SoCal society. Murdock finds dirt that gets him a bullet. Wounded, he solves the case and saves Cindy Duke, who we first met in Bloody Murdock. Merry Christmas, Murdock launches the Murdock PI series into the Cyber Age. Five Murdocks-California to Seattle-with a new Murdock mystery, set in New Mexico. The dormant detective is delighted at being re-Kindled.

The Writer s Mentor

The Complete Book of Novel Writing . Cincinnati : Writer's Digest Books , 2002 . Kesey : Kesey , Ken . ... 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

View: 356


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

Novel Writing For Wanna Be sTm

The author gets the charac— ters in trouble, then gets them out—but not too soon and not too easily. Readers like suspense, and that's true whether the novel is a mystery or a romance. After the book gets going, you'll have to edit it.

Author: Sam McCarver

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595797592

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

View: 639


Novel Writing for Wanna-be's is just what you've been looking for: an easy-to-read and enjoyable practical guide in how to write a novel written by a published author and experienced instructor. With this one book, learn everything you need to know about putting your novel together in a professional manner and in a very readable and entertaining form. Learn how to turn your story idea into an intriguing plot and how to create memorable characters. Learn how to write compelling scenes and natural dialogue. Use the dozens of case studies and examples included in this guidebook in helping you to present your own novel in a format agents and editors prefer. And, finally, learn about the publication process and how to make that important good first impression on an agent or editor in achieving your goal, and living your dream, of having your novel published. Praise for Sam McCarver's John Darnell Mystery Novels: "Wonderful fun John and Penny are emerging as a formidable team that will have readers looking forward to their next adventure." -The Mystery Reader "Entertaining, fast-paced McCarver does a masterful job." -Romantic Times "The Case of the Ripper's Revenge is a superb historical mystery." -Harriet Klausner, "McCarver's descriptive prowess makes the world of 1916 England come to life in The Case of the 2nd Seance." -Romantic Times


“Is saving people's lives a hobby or is writing novels the sideline?” “So far, writing is the hobby,” he said more self-assuredly, the blush in his cheeks having subsided. “I used to work as a private investigator and write mysteries.

Author: John Schlarbaum

Publisher: Scanner Publishing

ISBN: 9781456629328

Category: Fiction

Page: 293

View: 779


"Don't let them kill me." These are the first words spoken by elderly patient Helga Klemens to the transporter arriving to take her down for a simple hip surgery. Luke assures the frightened woman no one is going to harm her, chalking the bizarre declaration up to nerves and medication issues. After safely delivering her to the O.R., Luke's final words to Helga are, "Don't worry. You'll be fine," unaware she will be dead within the hour. On the same Sunday afternoon, newspaper reporter Jennifer Malone is looking into the case of a John Doe residing in the hospital's morgue. Once her interview with the coroner is complete, Jennifer is stopped by a distraught Luke and his security guard girlfriend, Maryanne, who are both shocked at the news of Helga's untimely death. Over the following five fast-paced days, Jennifer will use all of her investigative skills to determine exactly what happened in the O.R. However, when a second unidentified body washes ashore, Jennifer's attention is sidetracked wondering if there's a serial killer on the loose. Could the three seemingly unrelated deaths be linked? Abandoned is populated by memorable characters, each caught in a web of lies, unaware the secrets they hold may result in a life or death struggle for someone they love.

Forthcoming Books

The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery 256p . Apr. 1998. mass mkt . 11.95 ( 0-440-50658-1 , Dell Trade Pbks ) Dell . * Roberti , Paolo . Financial Markets & Capital Income Taxation in a Global Economy . LC 97-32664 .

Author: Rose Arny


ISBN: UOM:39015040084454

Category: American literature


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Murdock Tackles Taos

Private-eye Matt Murdock is back, and he has met his match--Helene Steinbeck, a writer and cop's daughter.

Author: Robert J. Ray

Publisher: Camel Press

ISBN: 1603819258

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

View: 998


Weary but wise private-eye Matt Murdock is back, and he has met his match-a vital and attractive writer and cop's daughter, Helene Steinbeck. Helene is hiking in the hills of Taos when she happens upon the corpse of a young woman downed by an arrow. Murdock appears on the horizon just in time to prevent a team of archers from using Helene as target practice. Murdock has been scouring Angel Mountain and vicinity for evidence that will help him discover the whereabouts of Barbi Bellini, the missing daughter of a friend. Now that Helene has stumbled onto the scene, she has no choice but to join Murdock in his search for answers. Drawn to the detective's integrity and quiet strength, she becomes both his apprentice and his lover. Their quest leads them to a cult of locals whose charismatic leader believes the "weak" are fair game. But this unholy brotherhood is just the poisonous tip of the arrow. The hunters have forged deadly alliances with the rich and powerful of Taos. Who can Helene and Murdock trust? Will they be able to outthink-and outrun-their many adversaries? Murdock Tackles Taos is the all-new, much-anticipated sixth episode in the Matt Murdock Mystery Series, which began with Bloody Murdock.

Motivate Your Writing

Using Motivational Psychology to Energize Your Writing Life Stephen P. Kelner, Jr., PhD ... Good examples: “I want to complete a first draft of a mystery novel.” A good early goal. ... “I will finish my short story over this weekend.

Author: Stephen P. Kelner, Jr., PhD

Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

ISBN: 9781625674876

Category: Self-Help

Page: 390

View: 590


Energize and organize your writing life by tapping into your fundamental motivators. Note: This second edition has been substantially revised and updated, including 10% more content than the first edition. Aspiring and professional writers alike struggle to stay motivated; in the face of distractions, obligations, and procrastination, the desire to write often fails to become the act of writing. Motivated writers, notes the author, are those who have learned to identify their fundamental emotional drives and who have established a writing routine that satisfies those drives. Kelner draws on the research and insights of motivational psychology to show writers how to harness the energy of these fundamental motivators. With a degree in motivational psychology, Kelner applies not only his training in the field but also his own original research into the motivational patterns typical of writers. Depending on their motivational profile, different writers will respond best to different kinds of feedback and rewards and will function best in different kinds of environments. Kelner explains the basic drives of power, affiliation, and achievement; he shows how these drives are manifested in a wide variety of behaviors; and he provides self-assessment tools to construct your own motivational profile. In clear and accessible terms, and with numerous examples and anecdotes, Kelner shows writers how they can identify their own primary motivations and use that knowledge to arrange their work habits and energize their writing lives.

Mysterious Writers

The Many Facets of Mystery Writing Jean Henry Mead. changing them. ... One of the highest compliments I got on Teaser was that the writing appeared effortless. ... I work the weekend. Which novelist(s) influenced your own work and why?

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.

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery

Shortly after her first novel was published, Marsh's mother became fatally ill, and the author returned to New Zealand. ... She made frequent trips to England, and wrote her mysteries aboard ship during the long journeys.

Author: B. Murphy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230107359

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 543

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Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance.

Five Minutes For France

Robert J. Ray, author of The Weekend Novelist and the Matt Murdock mysteries, said something to me years ago that made me realize this concept. Mr. Ray held a writing workshop at the local technical college near our home in Woodinville.

Author: Bronwyn Wilson

Publisher: Inspiring Voices

ISBN: 9781462408641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

View: 726


-Five Minutes for France is a story of childhood beginnings in Southern California and resurfacing forty years later in the Mediterranean. My wife, author Bronwyn Wilson, spent much of her lifetime worrying about things that would never happen. When her world began to shrink smaller and smaller as physical ailments grew larger and larger, she began asking questions. How has this happened? What is anxiety? Where does it come from? Where does it lead? This memoir answers those questions as Bronwyn travels through her fears and her struggles with knowledge, insight, and a keen understanding of her inner challenges. How does she handle dangling in a gondola high above the town of Funchal, Portugal; sliding down a mile-long road in a wicker basket; or finding herself in Barcelona without underwear? Looking back on her life, Bronwyn saw a pattern in the way she had lived her life for many years. Rather than making room for the joy in her present circumstances, she focused on potential dangers and how to avoid them, allowing her anxiety to become debilitating over time. Bronwyn's story offers a message of hope and humor for those suffering from anxiety or for those who know someone living with it or for those simply wanting a good read.- -Jerry Wilson