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How to Write a Mystery, Writing Thrillers
Trying your hand at writing thrillers – the most exciting and suspenseful of all genres? Look no further for guidelines on crafting a compelling plot, creating incredible characters, constructing an airtight mystery, and much more.
In his 13 years as a lawyer, Raffi Yessayan, a Boston native, has worked as a prosecutor for the district attorney and served as chief of the Gang Unit. But no challenge has been quite as exhilarating for this debut author as writing his first thriller, Eight in the Box, about a serial killer dubbed “The Blood Bath Killer” and the legal team who tries to catch him.
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Each year International Thriller Writers lines up some of the biggest names in publishing for four days of learning, networking and pitching in New York City. ThrillerFest 2008 actually consists of three events. At ThrillerFest, avid thriller readers and writers can mingle with their favorite New York Times-bestselling authors, including James Patterson, Sandra Brown, Brad Thor, Kathy Reichs and Eric Van Lustbader. Read more
With Jessica Page Morrell’s Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you’ll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists. Read more
Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more
Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.
By Scott Hoffman
A short story about a mother”s revenge wins grand prize in the 2003 Writer”s Digest Annual Writing Competition. Read more
These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.
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Craft vicious villains with this psychiatrist’s guide to writing bad guys with real problems. Read more
Mary Feuer’s short story follows an obsession that’s dark, detailed and devastating—and worthy of this year’s grand prize. Read more
Dean Koontz has kept a lot of people turning a lot of pages. How? Most would respond that his plots, characters and storytelling all contribute, and indeed they do. But a fourth element keeps those pages turning, an element all writers can learn from. Koontz explains to interviewer Brad Crawford about the power of language itself. Read more
Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing, and presenting characters and of handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. Here are some general thoughts all writers can benefit from. Read more
Writing a bestselling, Oprah-endorsed novel doesn’t necessarily prepare you for the world of children’s literature, as Jacquelyn Mitchard discovered. Read more
Exclusive interview with four-time Edgar Award nominee, Jeffery Deaver. Read more
“In large measure, you do this work because you need to do it … you’re inventing material that makes your experience somehow both accessible to you and reasonable to you so that you understand where you have been in your life.” Read more
“I really feel that the only way you can sell something is to keep it out there. Every time I sent something out, when it came back rejected, I’d immediately send it again. I think of it like I do war ships—if you keep a war ship in port, you’re not improving it. It needs to be out at sea doing its mission. It’s the same with a good manuscript.” Read more
“I wish I had known back then that a mastery of process would lead to a product.” Read more
In this exclusive interview, Ridley Pearson, The New York Times best-selling author of 13 novels explains that well-conducted research into the kinds of characters you are writing is essential for writers. Read more
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld