• 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…

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    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…

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    3 Differences Between Writing Fiction and Nonfiction

    You know I write mysteries. And while I haven’t published yet, I’ve been writing fiction for years. I make the bulk of my living writing nonfiction though. I’ve even drafted my first nonfiction book — a business book for freelancers cialis overnight delivery. While that goes through edits, I’m drafting the first novel in the Murder Script mystery series. Here are three of the biggest differences I’ve found between writing fiction and nonfiction books (at least for myself). Nonfiction is faster. This is likely because I’ve been involved in the niche for years. All of the information is already in my head. I just pull it out. With novels, I have to wait…

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    How Many Clues are Too Many in Mystery Writing?

    I’m working on the first novel in the Murder Script mystery series. After drafting the first chapter, I sent it to the incredible edible <a href="http://keyboardhussy.wordpress you could try this out.com”>Evelyn Lafont for her unique brand of writing critique. You see, Lafont is one of very few friends who wouldn’t hesitate to hand me my ass on a platter if my work sucked. She’s not afraid that I’ll bite her head off (apparently I need to be a bigger meanie), so she can give me the blunt feedback I want. I’m (still) working on edits based on her critique, and her feedback was fantastic. She helped me see things from…