• Murder Scripts

    Pick Your Poison

    Even though I’ve fully outlined the first Murder Script mystery, I know who gets killed, and I know who the killer is, I have yet to decide on a final murder weapon web link. Don’t get me wrong. I have an idea. I know it needs to be poison. It’s which poison to choose that has me stumped. One thing I know is that the poison has be related to plants — gardening, agriculture, etc. That’s a common theme I’ve tied a number of suspects to, giving them all adequate knowledge and opportunity. The thing is, it’s not enough to have the poison be plant-related. It has to have applications that cross the…

  • Mystery Writing

    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…

  • Mystery Writing

    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…

  • Beyond Writing

    My Mystery Book Buying Binge

    As I’m sure you all know, bookstores seem to be dropping like flies. That’s especially true where I live. We lost most of our large Borders stores, and I lost the only nearby Borders Express recently as well. Fortunately at least the smaller store was replaced by another bookstore chain, but that’s besides the point buy cialis overnight delivery. Heck, we even lost a local-ish indie bookstore that I enjoyed. During the big closing period, it looked like we would have no “new book” bookstores around anymore. So I figured I’d pop in and enjoy my possibly last in-person book buying session for a while. And boy, did I ever?…

  • Mystery Writing

    What Makes a Good Mystery?

    As with any kind of writing, in order to be a decent mystery writer you have to also read mysteries. My nose is often buried in a book during my off hours. Right now I’m working through Victoria Laurie’s Ghost Hunter Mysteries and I’ll soon pick up the second Bubbles Yablonsky book from Sarah Strohmeyer (so far two very well-paced series). I recently finished all books available, other than the one just released, in both mystery series from Elaine Viets. You can probably see a trend here. When it comes to most mysteries I tend to enjoy quick reads I can devour after a long day. I gravitate toward female…