Writing Mysteries (Google eBook)

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Sue Grafton
Writer's Digest Books, Apr 8, 2002 - Reference - 256 pages
18 Reviews
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. Writers will learn how to piece a perfect mystery together and create realistic stories that are taut, immediate and fraught with tension.

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!
The book's contributors include a "who's who" of the mystery writing elite: Faye and Jonathan Kellerman on conducting accurate research; Michael Connelly on mastering characterization; Tony Hillerman on writing without an outline; Lawrence Block on overcoming writer's block; Sara Paretsky on creating successful series characters; Tess Gerritson on writing the medical thriller; Ann Rule on the art of writing true crime. And many 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!

  

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User Review  - Cheryl A. Head - Goodreads

Marvelous technical advice and resources for anyone who contemplates writing a mystery. Edited by Sue Grafton who is a favorite of mine. Will continue to use this book as a refresher as I write my sleuth novel. Read full review

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User Review  - Lota Carolina - Goodreads

At first I thought it's a lot of what has already been said, but I found myself stuck and going over the chapters repeatedly. Got many good tips and gave me new perspective on the subject. Read full review

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Contents

The Rules and How to Bend Them by Jeremiah Healy
6
Sparks Triggers and Flashes by Marilyn Wallace
13
Writing With a Partner or What Part of No Dont
26
The Process
56
8 Characterization by Michael Connelly
65
Writing a Series Character by Sara Paretsky
72
The Amateur Sleuth by Nancy Pickard
79
Vivid Villains by Sandra Scoppettone
86
Developing Your Personal Style
121
How to Write Convincing Dialogue by Aaron Elkins
129
Depiction of Violence by Bill Granger
148
Clues Red Herrings and Other Plot Devices by p m Carlson
160
The Book Stops Here by Lawrence Block
166
Specialties
217
The Joys and Challenges of the Short Story by Edward D Hoch
224
The Past Is a Foreign
246

Building Without Blueprints by Tony Hillerman
98
Outlining by Robert Campbell
105
Perspectives on Point of View by Loren D Estleman
112
About the Contributors
293
Index
305
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About the author (2002)

Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Louisville in 1961. While working days as a medical secretary, she spent her nights, after her children went to sleep, writing her first novels Keziah Dane, which was published in 1967 and The Lolly-Madona War, which was published in 1969. Her career took off when A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and received the Mysterious Stranger Award. This was the beginning of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. B Is for Burglar won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and C Is for Corpse won the Anthony Award. She has also spent over 15 years writing television and movie screenplays and has collaborated with her third husband, Steven F. Humphrey, on such works as the Agatha Christie adaptations: A Caribbean Mystery and Sparkling Cyanide.

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