Seven Mystery Writing Tips

Seven Mystery Writing Tips Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn 1. In plotting a mystery it’s good to know at least the bare bone sequential details of the actual crime. For example, Jenny hires hit man Tommy to kill her cheating husband Robby but unknown to her Tommy subcontracts the hit out to his drunken buddy […]

Writing Tips: 5 Tips for Building a Page-Turner

Writing Tips: 5 Tips for Building a Page-Turner   Recently I was a panelist at a conference for writers and readers. The four authors on stage were supposed to share, with a hotel conference room full of fans and aspiring writers, tips for keeping readers turning the pages. How does an author construct a plot […]

 KARIN SLAUGHTER’S KILLER WRITING TIPS 

 KARIN SLAUGHTER’S KILLER WRITING TIPS    Find an isolated place: a quiet room, the Georgia Mountains, your closet, wherever. Sequester yourself for weeks at a time. Write until you’re exhausted and hallucinating. Sleep for a few hours. Then do it again.   Ignore your adorable cats. Sit down at your computer to just start writing already! […]

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Lisa Gardner’s Top Five Writing Tips

Lisa Gardner’s Top Five Writing Tips When I started my career as a suspense novelist, I was seventeen years old. I wrote my first novel on a shared computer in the college computer lab during my free time after my classes, homework and work-study job were all completed. Basically, I drafted three unpublished novels in […]

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Don’t Start your Typewriter Without these Five Writing Tips

Don’t Start your Typewriter Without these Five Writing Tips I wanted to discuss some of the “nuts and bolts” of the writing business from my observations and lessons I’ve learned over the forty years I have been writing. This profession has changed drastically over the past several years with the rise of self-publishing and e-books. […]

Top 10 Writing Tips for a Killer Novel

  Top 10 Writing Tips for a Killer Novel   Nail the opening. Grab the reader by the throat from the first page, the first paragraph, even the first sentence. Instead of dumping a bunch of backstory into the opening chapter or setting the stage for action that takes place in the second or third […]

Jeff Abbott's Top Ten Writing Tips

Jeff Abbott’s Top Ten Writing Tips

Jeff Abbott’s Top Ten Writing Tips I think we’ve entered a time when we’re a lot more suspicious of writing advice than we used to be. A lot of writing chestnuts feel prescriptive to too many people—not everyone can write every day; sometimes, yes, you want to tell rather than show; passive voice isn’t inherently […]

Top 6 Reasons to Beware of Top 10 Writing Tips

Top 6 Reasons to Beware of Top 10 Writing Tips

Top 6 Reasons to Beware of Top 10 Writing Tips   Write Like Me. Idealism generates a lot of writing advice, self-promotion even more. The idealist sincerely believes that she has discovered some (or all!) of the secrets of good writing and wants to impart these to others, to save them time and frustration and […]

Top 10 Writing Tips: Clare Mackintosh

Top 10 Writing Tips: Clare Mackintosh

Top 10 Writing Tips: Clare Mackintosh   Find your premise.   The best novels can be distilled into a single sentence, and finding the heart of your story is the best way to stay on track while you’re writing. Try explaining the book to someone else; the extra objectivity can make this exercise easier. Once […]

Tana French's Top Ten Writing Tips

Tana French’s Top Ten Writing Tips

Tana French’s Top Ten Writing Tips It’s OK to screw up. For me, this was the big revelation when I was writing my first book: I could get it wrong as many times as I needed to. I was coming from theatre, where you need to get it right every night, because this audience will […]

Ten Writing Tips from Peter Robinson

Ten Writing Tips from Peter Robinson

Ten Writing Tips from Peter Robinson Remember that it’s writing you want to do. I’ve met many students who want to be writers, no doubt attracted by the glamour of being mentioned in blogs and tweets, darlings of the social media, full page reviews in the New York Times, the adulation of fans, hanging around […]