Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded: Worksheets

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Worksheet Collection (all worksheets in one document)

Now You Try: Premise Writing (Worksheet 1.1)

Now You Try: Appearance—What to Convey, What to Hide (Worksheet 2.1)

Now You Try: Appearance—Get Down the Basics (Worksheet 2.2)

Now You Try: Status and Ambition (Worksheet 2.3)

Now You Try: Background Decisions (Worksheet 2.4)

Now You Try: Talents and Skills (Worksheet 2.5)

Now You Try: Personality Traits (Worksheet 2.6)

Now You Try: Under Duress (Worksheet 2.7)

Now You Try: Tastes and Preferences (Worksheet 2.8)

Now You Try: Personality Traits (Worksheet 2.9)

Now You Try: Why Your Character Might Lie (Worksheet 2.10)

Now You Try: Name Your Protagonist (Worksheet 2.11)

On Your Own: Planning Your Protagonist (Worksheet 2.12)

Now You Try: The Victim’s Secrets (Worksheet 3.1)

Now You Try: Spending Time in Your Villain’s Head (Worksheet 4.1)

Now You Try: Make the Crime Fit the Villain (Worksheet 4.2)

Now You Try: The Suspect’s Secrets (Worksheet 5.1)

On Your Own: Innocent Suspects (Worksheet 5.2)

Now You Try: Traits for a Sidekick (Worksheet 6.1)

Now You Try: Find an Adversary (Worksheet 6.2)

On Your Own: Creating a Character Web for Your Novel (Worksheet 7.1)

Now You Try: Including Concurrent Events (Worksheet 8.1)

Now You Try: Making the Most of “When” (Worksheet 8.2)

Now You Try: Making the Most of “Where” (Worksheet 8.3)

Now You Try: Making the Most of the Backdrop (Worksheet 8.4)

Now You Try: Imagining a Personal Space (Worksheet 8.5)

Now You Try: Your Sleuth’s Quest (Worksheet 9.1)

Now You Try: Find Your Opening Scene (Worksheet 9.2)

Now You Try: Analyze Plot Structure (Worksheet 9.3)

Now You Try: Outline the Main Turning Points (Worksheet 9.4)

Now You Try: Map a Multiple-Character Time Line (Worksheet 9.5)

Now You Try: Examining Your Favorite Titles (Worksheet 10.1)

A Blueprint for Planning a Mystery Novel

Now You Try: Sketch Out a Dramatic Opening (Worksheet 11.1)

Now You Try: Introduce a Major Character (Worksheet 13.1)

Now You Try: Introduce a Minor Character (Worksheet 13.2)

Now You Try: Introduce a Walk-On (Worksheet 13.3)

Now You Try: Continue Writing the Scene (Worksheet 14.1)

Now You Try: Revise the Narrator (Worksheet 15.1)

Now You Try: Slipping and Sliding Point of View (Worksheet 15.2)

Now You Try: Write a Diner of Your Own (Worksheet 17.1)

Now You Try: Adding Body Language (Worksheet 18.1)

Now You Try: Mix Up Clues and Red Herrings (Worksheet 18.2)

Now You Try: Analyze Suspense (Worksheet 19.1)

Now You Try: Create Suspense (Worksheet 19.2)

Now You Try: Analyze Action (Worksheet 20.1)

Now You Try: Mapping Out the Action (Worksheet 20.2)

Now You Try: Revise to Eliminate Clinical Detail (Worksheet 20.3)

Now You Try: Write Introspection (Worksheet 21.1)

Now You Try: Put Backstory into Narration or Dialogue (Worksheet 22.1)

Now You Try: Layer Backstory into a Memory or Flashback (Worksheet 22.2)

Now You Try: Hitting Bottom (Worksheet 23.1)

Now You Try: Write the Final Coda (Worksheet 24.1)

On Your Own: Flying High (Worksheet 25.1)

Now You Try: Combine Dialogue and Action (Worksheet 26.1)

Now You Try: Get the Most Out of the Critique (Worksheet 27.1)

Now You Try: Find Your Own Fix (Worksheet 27.2)

Now You Try: Create an Action Plan to Target Agents (Worksheet 29.1)

Now You Try: Prepare to Approach Small Presses (Worksheet 29.2)