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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.

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

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