Writing Mysteries (Google eBook)

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Sue Grafton
Writer's Digest Books, Apr 8, 2002 - Reference - 256 pages
26 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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Each chapter is told from the POV of a different mystery writer, so you learn a great deal about process, in many ways its like reading a school textbook Read full review

Review: Writing Mysteries

User Review  - Goodreads

Each chapter is told from the POV of a different mystery writer, so you learn a great deal about process, in many ways its like reading a school textbook Read full review


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

Building Without Blueprints by Tony Hillerman
Outlining by Robert Campbell
Perspectives on Point of View by Loren D Estleman
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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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