• 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…

  • 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…