Mystery Writer's Handbook
Writer's Digest Books, Jan 1, 1982 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 284 pages
Essays describe how to find fresh ideas, create plots, portray realistic characters, choose a point of view, write believable dialog, and avoid cliches
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