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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.

    What is Suspense?

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    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.

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    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

    Dean Koontz on Using Language to Draw the Reader In

    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

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