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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.

Three Questions Readers Ask of Manuscripts

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

Kid Stuff

Writing a bestselling, Oprah-endorsed novel doesn’t necessarily prepare you for the world of children’s literature, as Jacquelyn Mitchard discovered. Read more

Get Thrilled With Jeffery Deaver

Exclusive interview with four-time Edgar Award nominee, Jeffery Deaver. Read more

Walker Meade’s Unspeakable Acts

“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

An Interview with Dr. Linda Edelstein

Author of The Writer”s Guide to Character TraitsProfessional psychologist and author, Dr. Linda Edelstein, speaks about the uses of psychology in current fiction and how writers build the characters we read– From criminals to cult members and everyone else in between. Read more

David E. Meadows’ The Sixth Fleet

“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

The Core Need of Elizabeth George

“I wish I had known back then that a mastery of process would lead to a product.” Read more

Conducting Research with Ridley Pearson

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

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