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Writing Mysteries Guides, tips, and recommended reading for mystery writers

A quick word of caution to the aspiring mystery writer…

For its enduring popularity as a genre, mystery is a surprisingly tough genre to break into for new writers, and in some respects one of the hardest genres to write. This is in part due to the procedural know-how a writer must have to write convincingly about investigating crime. But it’s also because of how inherently predictable the mystery formula ultimately is and the challenge of keeping readers entertained, engaged, and surprised […]

By | 2017-12-07T20:30:01+00:00 |Mystery, RSB, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Writing Mysteries Guides, tips, and recommended reading for mystery writers

What We Can Learn from Lee Child & Jack Reacher A master lesson in handling exposition in mystery/suspense

Exposition: a discourse of information. Often necessary, but also challenging to handle skillfully.

In an earlier post for mystery writers, I talked a little bit about the value of resisting the urge to lecture your readers on what you might have learned in the course of researching your story or what you might know from your own in-the-trenches experiences.  The premise behind this advice is that readers–and fans of mystery/suspense in particular–generally read in hopes of being entertained rather than educated. A […]

By | 2018-03-06T20:49:58+00:00 |Mystery, RSB, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on What We Can Learn from Lee Child & Jack Reacher A master lesson in handling exposition in mystery/suspense