• Mystery Writing

    Updates on New Mysteries

    Here are updates for two mystery writing projects — one that I’ve been working on for quite some time now and a new one starting in September: The Murder Scripts Mysteries I finally finished drafting the first novel in my Murder Scripts series back in the spring. While I’m excited about it, there is still much more work to be done. I’ll be working over the next few months on some major revisions before sending the manuscript off for beta reading and then editing. In the meantime, I’m spending some time working on the first game to accompany the books. Murder Mystery Shorts I run a website for writers called All Indie Writers. And in…

  • Mystery Writing

    Writing vs Rewriting

    I’m a firm believer in the idea that it’s okay if the first draft of what I write is utter crap. For me that first draft is little more than me getting ideas down — getting the story from beginning to middle to end, no matter how rough it might be. The “real” writing comes in the rewriting process. That’s when I go through and change damn near everything from the first draft, and the story is better for it. While I’m not even close to the rewriting process with my first Murder Scripts manuscript yet, I am at that phase with three other projects. One is a horror short story going through its…

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    A Story Within a Story

    One of my favorite, albeit challenging, things in planning and writing a Murder Scripts novel is that fact that each contains a story within a story. The protagonist, Grace Atwood, is a party planner. More specifically she plans and organizes murder mystery parties. Each novel will feature at least one of these parties, often tied in some way to an actual murder. Figuring out how to roll the storyline from the scripted party into the story of a novel was frustrating at first. Each character essentially becomes two different people for a short period, and it’s sometimes difficult to keep those fictional and even-more-fictional characters straight for readers. I’ve decided to handle…

  • Murder Mysteries

    My Mystery Reading List – 2012

    I know 2012 is coming to a close in a matter of weeks, but rather than talk only about writing mysteries here I want to talk about reading them too visite site. So I’ve decided to share my reading list for the rest of this year. It’s a somewhat short one, knowing that I’m swamped with work on books and new website launches and knowing that I’ll take time to bum around over the holidays. But here are the books in series I’d like to catch up on, hopefully all before the New Year. Ghouls Gone Wild — Victoria Laurie Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls — Victoria Laurie Ghoul Interrupted — Victoria Laurie Pumped…

  • Murder Mysteries

    What Attracts You to Murder Mysteries?

    I’m a huge fan of murder mysteries — from reading them to watching them to writing them. I generally prefer cozies over grittier murder mysteries. What about you? Why? Today I’d like to explore a few of the reasons I love murder mysteries so much, and I’d love to hear why you’re a fan of the genre too. Here are some of the biggest reasons I’m attracted to murder mysteries. Mysteries are puzzles, plain and simple. I like to challenge myself. I like a story that keeps me guessing. And I love mysteries that ultimately surprise me in the end. Why murder mysteries as opposed to other types of mysteries? I think…