Have you ever thought about writing a mystery, and gave up the idea because you didn’t know where to begin? Now is your chance to write the mystery of your dreams. You Can Write a Mystery, written by Gillian Roberts, author of the Anthony Award-winning Amanda Pepper series, will help you start your mystery, and guide you through to the end.
With this book you'll learn how to build your story from the ground up, based on what Roberts calls the "Seven Cs." Examples and exercises will help you complete your story—filled with cliffhangers, intriguing characters and hooks. This book offers practical suggestions for handling problems likely to arise during the writing process. You will learn:
·The Seven Cs your book can't do without—characters, conflict, causality, complications, change, crisis and closure
·The Fifteen Commandments for mystery
·How to design your sleuth
·How to hide clues and exploit red herrings
·How to develop a style, find a tone and construct a killer plot
In addition to practical writing advice, Roberts offers expert guidance for editing, revising and submitting a top-notch manuscript, whether for traditional or independent publishing. With its easy-to-understand format, You Can Write a Mystery will help take you from writer…to accomplished mystery writer.
A prevalent myth has it that the ability to write is innate, almost genetic—like freckles or a predisposition to diabetes. You either have it or you don’t, and too bad for you if you don’t. This isn’t said of the other arts. One seldom hears that people are born opera singers, ballerinas, sculptors, or pianists and therefore voice and music conservatories, ballet masters and art institutes are foolish indulgences.
The truth is, all disciplines have a craft component, skills that enable artists to realize their vision. This includes the art of writing mysteries.
This book offers practical suggestions for handling problems likely to arise during the writing process. These aren’t hard-and-fast rules like those for physics, football or international shipping. These are techniques and concepts that can make the going easier. Once you’re aware of them, you can use them, break them, realign them or twist them any way you see fit. Whatever works works. We call this form a novel because it’s there to be reinvented and made new.