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You Can Write a Mystery

by Gillian Roberts

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Doesn't help with plotting, but give you an idea on plot points to include. I would borrow this book. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0898798639, Paperback)

Have you ever thought about writing a mystery, and gave up the idea because you weren't sure how to start it? Well now is your chance to go out and write that mystery you have always dreamed of. You Can Write a Mystery, written by Gillian Roberts, author of the Anthony Award-winning Amanda Pepper Series, will help you start your mystery and guide you through to the end.





The 'rules' that govern the mystery are the rules that govern all fiction. Every novel needs suspense and drama," says Roberts. With this book you'll learn how to build your story from the grave up. Roberts focuses on what she calls the "Seven C's", why you need them and how they help your story. She offers examples and exercises that will help you complete your story filled with cliffhangers, intriguing characters and hooks. This book also offers practical suggestions for handling problems likely to arise during the writing process. Along the way, Robert's will teach you:



The 15 commandments for mystery

How to design your sleuth

The Seven Cs your book can't do without - characters, conflict, causality, complications, change, crisis and closure

How to hide clue, and exploit red-herrings

Research techniques

How to develop a style, find a tone and construct a killer plot



You Can Write a Mystery, offers practical guidance for the first-time writer. Its easy-to-understand format will help the most amateur to become a mystery writer. In addition to the practical writing advice supplied, Roberts also offers expert advice for editing, revising and submitting a top-notch manuscript."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:41 -0400)

Have you ever thought about writing a mystery, and gave up the idea because you didn't know where to begin? Now is your chance to write the mystery of your dreams. You Can Write a Mystery, written by Gillian Roberts, author of the Anthony Award-winning Amanda Pepper series, will help you start your mystery, and guide you through to the end.With this book you'll learn how to build your story from the ground up, based on what Roberts calls the Seven Cs. Examples and exercises will help you complete your story filled with cliffhangers, intriguing characters and hooks. This book offers practical suggestions for handling problems likely to arise during the writing process. You will learn: The Seven Cs your book can't do without characters, conflict, causality, complications, change, crisis and closure The Fifteen Commandments for mystery How to design your sleuth How to hide clues and exploit red herrings Research techniques How to develop a style, find a tone and construct a killer plotIn addition to practical writing advice, Roberts offers expert guidance for editing, revising and submitting a top-notch manuscript, whether for traditional or independent publishing. With its easy-to-understand format, You Can Write a Mystery will help take you from writer to accomplished mystery writer.… (more)

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