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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.

    From First Draft to Finish Novel

    A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more

    A Published Prosecutor

    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.

    by Jordan E. Rosenfeld Read more

    The Fish Ivory Man

    Ken McBeath’s "The Fish Ivory Man" took first place in the Mystery/Crime category of the 2008 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read the grand-prize winning entry and other first-place finishers, click here. Read more


    Richard Mazziotti’s "Brother’s Keeper" took first place in the Suspense/Thriller category of the 2008 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read the grand-prize winning entry and other first-place finishers, click here. Read more

    Thrillerfest 2008

    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

    Bulllies, Bastards & Bitches

    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

    Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

    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

    The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

    If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

    by Bonnie Trenga Read more

    Challenging the Limits of Memory

    In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

    Publish Your First Book After 50

    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
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    The Popular Fiction Report

    What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

    PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

    The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

    Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

    by Raymond Obstfeld
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    Getting Your Act(s) Together

    Do as the Greeks did: Use this time-honored method to give form to your fiction. Read more

    The Pull of the Mystery

    The Pull of the Mystery Read more

    3 Tips for Saving Research Time

    Ah, time—the most precious resource writers have, yet the easiest to squander. Freelancer Deborah J. Myers Post offers ways to give yourself more time for writing by making the most of your research time. Here are three simple steps that will help you save valuable research time. Read more

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

    A Collaborating Dream Hallie Ephron

    “I was afraid he was going to want to write, and he was terrified I was going to make him write.” Read more

    What is Suspense?

    What is Suspense? Read more

    He Said/She Said

    Alexander McCall Smith’s wildly popular novels prove that you can channel your imagination through any character, no matter how different he (or she) is from you. Read more

    Build the Thrill

    17 ways to add surprise to each page of your novel and keep your readers hooked. Read more

    Scorned No More!

    A short story about a mother”s revenge wins grand prize in the 2003 Writer”s Digest Annual Writing Competition. Read more

    8 Basic Writing Blunders

    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.

    by Jerry B. Jenkins Read more

    Killer Personalities

    Craft vicious villains with this psychiatrist’s guide to writing bad guys with real problems. Read more

    A Fire Inside

    Mary Feuer’s short story follows an obsession that’s dark, detailed and devastating—and worthy of this year’s grand prize. Read more

    The Big Grab

    Capture your readers’ interest at the very first paragraph. Read more

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