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Writing the mystery : a start-to-finish guide for both novice and professional

Author: G Miki Hayden
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Intrigue Press, ©2001.
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Features in-depth interviews with Elmore Leonard, S.J. Rozan, Laura Lippman, Sujata Massey, Rick Riordan, Dale Furutani, and other masters of the mystery genre.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hayden, G. Miki.
Writing the mystery.
Philadelphia, PA : Intrigue Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)894798680
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G Miki Hayden
ISBN: 1890768367 9781890768362
OCLC Number: 46822308
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 235 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction to the mystery --
Hacking your way into a killer mystery market --
Sell to the mainstream, small presses, audio, and e-books --
What's a mystery, anyway? --
Defining the genres --
The Chinese law of secrecy --
A key to keeping the writing engine revved --
The plot's the thing --
To outline or not to outline? (A good question) --
Pre-plotting essentials, chapter organization, and proposals --
The starter's pistol --
Beginning the mystery that has a chance for publication --
The investigation follows --
Indispensable story arcs, conflict, and plot development --
The killer unmasked --
Revealing secrets and building the novel's conclusion --
The old red herring and other necessary tricks --
Proven plot devices --
Accessories to the fact --
Plot vs. character --
Balancing your mystery to meet editors' demands --
The "who's" in the whodunit --
What makes viable primary and secondary characters? --
Offering testimony --
Effective dialogue explained --
The scene of the crime --
Setting and atmosphere --
Pinning down the details --
How to cultivate the research habit --
The stolen kiss --
Adding romance to your mystery, but judiciously --
The bloody deed --
Violence is an integral part of the mystery genre --
Similar offenses --
Mysteries come in an abbreviated form --
Short stories and other mystery variations --
A strategy for writing the mystery short --
From idea to finalization --
Five specific clues to the crime brief --
What short mystery fiction requires in order to work --
Getting the story straight --
Now, maximize your writing sizzle --
Techniques that improve your writing presentation --
Sweating on a chain gang --
Exercises to add impact and polish --
Eight common writer misdemeanors --
Mistakes to avoid --
Logical consistency counts --
Maintaining rationality on all levels --
To vary forms is very important --
An essential for spicing up your narrative style --
Get the dead out --
Avoid passive writing by developing active voice --
The writer sings --
Your voice is unique --
Time off for self-editing --
Tips for revising --
After the fact --
The author's summation --
How to summarize the mystery so you can sell --
The hired gun --
Acquiring an agent, what to expect from the relationship --
Submitting the package --
Prepare your novel for submission --
Taking out a contract --
What to consider before signing --
Joining a gang --
Mystery writing groups for networking fun --
Taking the rap --
Promote your mystery as only you can --
Private security detail --
Avoid the ever-present pitfalls of publishing schemes --
Keeping a series alive --
Longevity means skillful innovation --
On the witness stand --
For the record --
Author interviews --
and their advice to new writers: Elmore Leonard ; Dale Furutani ; Sujata Massey ; William Kent Krueger ; Laura Lippman ; S.J. Rozan ; Linda Fairstein ; Larry Karp ; Rick Riordan ; Seymour Shubin ; Kris Neri --
Under interrogation --
A final deposition --
Frequently asked questions, answered by the author --
Index.
Responsibility: G. by Miki Hayden.

Abstract:

Features in-depth interviews with Elmore Leonard, S.J. Rozan, Laura Lippman, Sujata Massey, Rick Riordan, Dale Furutani, and other masters of the mystery genre.

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