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Writing Mysteries A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America

ISBN-10: 1582971021
ISBN-13: 9781582971025
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Sue Grafton
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Description: With Writing Mysteries, a writer's conference of sorts, readers will learn how to make stories more taut, more real, more immediate and more fraught with tension.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/22/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

With Writing Mysteries, a writer's conference of sorts, readers will learn how to make stories more taut, more real, more immediate and more fraught with tension.

Italian historian and archaeologist Valerio Massimo Manfredi is a professor of classical archaeology at the University of Milan. He was named Man of the Year 1999 by the American Biographical Institute for this bestselling trilogy. Manfredi's books have been published in France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.Italian historian and archaeologist Valerio Massimo Manfredi is a professor of classical archaeology at the University of Milan. He was named Man of the Year 1999 by the American Biographical Institute for this bestselling trilogy. Manfredi's books have been published in France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Louisville in 1961. While working days as a medical secretary, she spent her nights, after her children went to sleep, writing her first novels Keziah Dane, which was published in 1967 and The Lolly-Madona War, which was published in 1969. Her career took off when A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and received the Mysterious Stranger Award. This was the beginning of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. B Is for Burglar won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and C Is for Corpse won the Anthony Award. She has also spent over 15 years writing television and movie screenplays and has collaborated with her third husband, Steven F. Humphrey, on such works as the Agatha Christie adaptations: A Caribbean Mystery and Sparkling Cyanide.

Introduction
Preparation
The Rules and How to Bend Them
Sparks, Triggers, and Flashes
On Work Schedules
Writing With a Partner, or ... What Part of "No" Don't You Understand?
Expertise and Research
Where Do I Find a Jewish Indian? or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Research
Background, Location, and Setting
The Process
The Beginning
Characterization
Rounding Up Your Characters
Writing a Series Character
The Amateur Sleuth
Vivid Villains
In Search of a Novel
Building Without Blueprints
Outlining
Perspectives on Point of View
Dress for Success: Developing Your Personal Style
The Middle
How to Write Convincing Dialogue
Pacing and Suspense
Depiction of Violence
Clues, Red Herrings, and Other Plot Devices
The Book Stops Here
The End
In the Beginning Is the End
Revision
How to Find and Work With an Agent
Dial M for Market
The Mystery Novel From an Editor's Point of View
Specialties
Writing Mysteries for Young Readers
The Joys and Challenges of the Short Story
The Medical Thriller
Legal Thrillers
Historical Mysteries: The Past Is a Foreign Country
From the Cradle to the Pen: The Evolution of a True Crime Writer
E-Media--Crime Fiction E-Volves
The Best of the Genre and a Reference List of Books on Writing and Technical Information
About the Contributors
Index

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