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How to Outline a Cozy Mystery

How to Outline a Cozy Mystery

Workbook

  • Author: Sara Rosett
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781533662576
  • Category:
  • Page: 106
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Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don't know how to get started? Use this companion workbook to learn how to create a framework so that you can begin writing your cozy. Do you want to know the basic building blocks of a cozy mystery? Do you wonder why cozy readers devour these mysteries voraciously? Are you fuzzy on how the structure of a cozy mystery fits into the classic plot structure? Do you wonder what the "rules" are for a cozy mystery? Do you wonder where you can bend the rules? Let successful cozy novelist Sara Rosett show you how she's planned and written 20 mysteries in this direct and to-the-point guide without fluff or filler. While each book is unique, every novel is built on a framework that is as old as storytelling itself. Cozy mysteries are no different. Discover the underlying structure that keeps cozy readers coming back for more. Use the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook-the companion to the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Course-to work through your cozy outline step-by-step. The many different outlining methods you can use to build your story framework The essential elements of cozy mysteries The psychology behind why readers choose cozies The conventions (or tropes) that cozy readers want and expect And much, much more! Rosett's firsthand knowledge of cozy mystery structure and what cozy readers want can help you shape your idea into a novel. Rosett's tips and workbook will save you time and give you confidence as you approach the blank page. Buy Rosett's workbook today and you'll get an easy to understand plan for outlining your mystery in a helpful question and answer format to guide you through the process. Learn how to outline a cozy and start writing with Rosett's easy-to-follow workbook today!

How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook

How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook

  • Author: Sara Rosett
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780998843155
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 144
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Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don't know how to get started? Use this companion workbook ( to learn how to create a framework so that you can begin writing your cozy. Do you want to know the basic building blocks of a cozy mystery? Do you wonder why cozy readers devour these mysteries voraciously? Are you fuzzy on how the structure of a cozy mystery fits into the classic plot structure? Do you wonder what the "rules" are for a cozy mystery? Do you wonder where you can bend the rules? Let successful cozy novelist Sara Rosett show you how she's planned and written 20 mysteries in this direct and to-the-point guide without fluff or filler. While each book is unique, every novel is built on a framework that is as old as storytelling itself. Cozy mysteries are no different. Discover the underlying structure that keeps cozy readers coming back for more. Use the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook--the companion to the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Course--to work through your cozy outline step-by-step. In How to Outline a Cozy Mystery Workbook you'll discover: - The many different outlining methods you can use to build your story framework - The psychology behind why readers choose cozies - How a cozy mystery fits into classic plot structure - The conventions (or tropes) that cozy readers want and expect - Tips on how to hide clues and red herrings - And much, much more! Rosett's firsthand knowledge of cozy mystery structure and what cozy readers want can help you shape your idea into a novel. Rosett's tips and workbook will save you time and give you confidence as you approach the blank page. Buy Rosett's workbook today and you'll get an easy to understand plan for outlining your mystery in a helpful question and answer format to guide you through the process. Learn how to outline a cozy and start writing with Rosett's easy-to-follow workbook today!

Writing the Mystery

Writing the Mystery

A Start-to-Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional

  • Author: G. Miki Hayden
  • Publisher: JP&A Dyson
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 234
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This third edition of G. Miki Hayden’s award-winning guide for mystery writers provides invaluable step-by-step advice on shaping plots, developing characters, and creating a fast-paced and compelling mystery for the modern market. Regular exercises throughout the book help you put into practice what you’ve learned, and once you’ve created your masterpiece Hayden provides guidance on how to get your novel to market: how to approach agents and publishers; how to prepare your manuscript and cover letter; and a whole new section on the self-publishing phenomenon that has exploded since the publication of the first edition. Hayden also offers tips and advice from some of the biggest names in modern mystery, through interviews with such renowned authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Tony Hillerman, Rick Riordan, and others. G. Miki Hayden is a long-time member and former board member of Mystery Writers of America, and regularly teaches a mystery writing workshop (and other courses) at Writer’s Digest online university. She has recent novels from Portals Publishing and from Curiosity Quills Press, the current publisher of her style guide, The Naked Writer. She has had many short stories in print over the years in national publications. Her story “The Maids,” set in French-ruled Haiti and featured in an MWA anthology, won an Edgar.

How to Write a Mystery

How to Write a Mystery

  • Author: Larry Beinhart
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 0307776050
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 240
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WHODUNIT? YOUDUNIT! So you want to write a mystery. There's more to it than just a detective, a dead body, and Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick. Fortunately, Larry Beinhart--Edgar Award-winning author of You Get What You Pay For, Foreign Exchange, and American Hero--has taken a break from writing smart, suspenseful thrillers to act as your guide through all the twists and turns of creating the twists and turns of a good mystery. Drawing on advice and examples from a host of the best names in mystery writing--from Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane to Scott Turow and Thomas Harris--plus some of his own prime plots, Larry Beinhart introduces you to your most indispensable partners in crime: *Character, plot, and procedure * The secrets to creating heroes, heroines, and villains ("All writers draw upon themselves and their experience. While the whole of yourself might not be capable of being either a serial killer or an FBI agent, there are parts in each of us that are capable of almost anything.") * The fine art of scripting the sex scene *The low-down on violence ("A crime novel without violence is like smoking pot without inhaling, sex without orgasm, or a hug without a squeeze." ) *And much more! From the opening hook to the final denouement, Larry Beinhart takes the mystery out of being a mystery writer. From the Trade Paperback edition.

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript

  • Author: James N. Frey
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 9781429974134
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 288
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Edgar award nominee James N. Frey, author of the internationally best-selling books on the craft of writing, How to Write a Damn Good Novel, How to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques, and The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth, has now written what is certain to become the standard "how to" book for mystery writing, How to Write a Damn Good Mystery. Frey urges writers to aim high-not to try to write a good-enough-to-get-published mystery, but a damn good mystery. A damn good mystery is first a dramatic novel, Frey insists-a dramatic novel with living, breathing characters-and he shows his readers how to create a living, breathing, believable character who will be clever and resourceful, willful and resolute, and will be what Frey calls "the author of the plot behind the plot." Frey then shows, in his well-known, entertaining, and accessible (and often humorous) style , how the characters-the entire ensemble, including the murderer, the detective, the authorities, the victims, the suspects, the witnesses and the bystanders-create a complete and coherent world. Exploring both the on-stage action and the behind-the-scenes intrigue, Frey shows prospective writers how to build a fleshed-out, believable, and logical world. He shows them exactly which parts of that world show up in the pages of a damn good mystery-and which parts are held back just long enough to keep the reader guessing. This is an indispensable step-by-step guide for anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a damn good mystery.

How to Write Kids' Mysteries

How to Write Kids' Mysteries

A Guide for Teen and Adult Writers

  • Author: Jeanne Lazo
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781933277004
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 138
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You dont need to be an A student, a genius-born writer, or in the top 10% of your class to write a mystery for kids. You need only have a burning desire to write the most puzzling, frightening, or challenging story you cana story kids cant wait to eat upthe most fun story in the universea mystery! Written in short, sound-bite lessons rather than chapters, youll quickly learn from the pros how to: Plan a Mystery the Easy Way, Create Characters Kids Will Love, Write Scenes and Settings That Come Alive, Sprinkle Clues, Use a Suspense Ladder to Build Tension, Listen for Rhythm, Add Creative Icing to Your Mystery, and Design Fabulous Page Layouts. This guide is loaded with exercises, examples, tips, and ideas. Readers will love the Writers Toolkit, which includes alternative words to said, words to avoid, words for the five senses, words for movements, action verbs, and more.How to Write Kids Mysteries is suitable for individual and classroom use. Teachers can pick and choose topics based on time allotted, age of students, and teaching preferences.

Writing Mysteries

Writing Mysteries

  • Author: Sue Grafton
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • ISBN: 9781582971025
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 256
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Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever! &break;&break;In this extraordinary compilation, more than three dozen members of the Mystery Writers of America share insights and advice that can help make your writing dreams a reality. &break;&break;You'll learn how to: &break; Develop unique ideas&break; Construct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and suspense&break; Create compelling characters and atmospheric settings&break; Develop a writing style all your own&break; Write convincing dialogue&break; Choose the appropriate point of view&break; Work with an agent&break; Conduct accurate research&break; and much, much more! &break;&break;You'll also find special guidelines for creating clues, dropping red herrings, and writing medical, legal, historical, true crime, and young adult mysteries. It's all the information you need to solve the mystery-writing riddle!

How to Write a Classic Murder Mystery

How to Write a Classic Murder Mystery

  • Author: DOLORES. GORDON-SMITH
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781911266679
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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If you've ever wanted to write a classic or cozy murder mystery, this is the book for you. Drawing on her own experience and that of such giants as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, Dolores take us through the whole process, from getting the initial idea to final submission, with submission advice from a top London agent. Entertaining and easy to follow, How To Write A Classic Murder Mystery will encourage you not only to start but finish your own classic mystery

Don't Murder Your Mystery

Don't Murder Your Mystery

24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D. O. A.

  • Author: Chris Roerden
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781933523132
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 293
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This is the only book for writers that: 1)Motivates readers to change their writing habits by telling the truth about how submissions are screened. 2)Analyzes 150 extracts to show how published authors handle the same problems facing all writers of fiction. 3)Reinforces readers learning by presenting more solutions in greater depth than other books do and exposing issues not mentioned in any other book. 4)Highlights the techniques of 140 published mystery authors, many of whom have never before been reviewed in book form. 5)Helps readers identify with authors at the beginning of their writing careers by using examples from many first novels. 6)Stimulates readers imaginations by demonstrating the infinite variety of alternatives for presenting content. 7)Offers 24 Find & Fix summaries for revising, plus resources and little-known tips and tip-offs. 8)Boosts the odds that a manuscript will pass the first screening so its characters and plot can be read in full and evaluated on merit.

Writing a Thriller

Writing a Thriller

  • Author: Andre Jute
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama
  • ISBN: 9780713650938
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 188
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This book guides the reader through a number of identifiable stages including the following: choosing the initial theme of a story; the creation of characters; detailed plotting; research; cutting and rewriting and common writer's block. It also examines the process of finding and keeping a suitable publisher.

Writing the Cozy Mystery

Writing the Cozy Mystery

How to Write a Winning Whodunit

  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780991465514
  • Category: Authorship
  • Page: 48
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"Writing the Cozy Mystery is a valuable instructional tool that will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series"--Page 4 of cover.

The Plot Dot

The Plot Dot

A Visual Guide to Plotting Your Novel and Creating Unforgettable Scenes

  • Author: Derek Murphy
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780692693360
  • Category:
  • Page: 180
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An Adult Coloring Book for Authors!This book will help you paint powerful visual scenes that stick with readers long after they're finished your book. The techniques described within are simple and easy to use. Think of this as a guided coloring book adventure. YOUR adventure.There are lots of systems and guides to plotting, but if you're like me you have journals filled with notes, scenes and description... it can get overwhelming. I've based this book on traditional three-act story architecture, but it's greatly simplified. Plotters and pantsers can use the guided exercises to gain greater visual clarity and build more meaningful scenes with resonance. This book will help you get organized and unlock hidden potential in your scenes that you didn't know was there, by going beyond words and focusing on drawing and coloring your scenes until you have a full outline.This book makes an excellent workbook for writing retreats, is simple enough for children to use (it's never too early to write your first novel), and introduces a new, and hopefully useful, way to organize your novel, improve your writing, and create unforgettable scenes that will make a deep and lasting impact.

The Urban Design Handbook

The Urban Design Handbook

Techniques and Working Methods

  • Author: Ray Gindroz,Karen Levine,Urban Design Associates
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393731064
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 208
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Based on Urban Design Associates?in-house training procedures, this unique handbook details the techniques and working methods of a major urban design and planning firm. Covering the process from basic principles to developed designs, the book outlines the range of project types and services that urban designers can offer and sets out a set of general operating guidelines and procedures for: Developing a master plan, including techniques for engaging citizens in the design process and technical analysis to evaluate the physical form of the neighborhood, centered on a design charrette with public participation; Preparing a pattern book to guide residential construction in a new traditional town, including the documentation of architectural and urban precedents in a form that can be used by architects and builders; Implementing contextual architectural design, including methods of applying the essential qualities of traditional architecture in many styles to modern programs and construction techniques. This invaluable guide offers an introductory course in urbanism as well as an operations manual for architects, planners, developers, and public officials.

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 140880820X
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 304
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When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes

  • Author: Jane Straus,Lester Kaufman,Tom Stern
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118790324
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 224
  • View: 2637
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A revised and updated new edition of the bestselling workbook and grammar guide The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages. Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated Eleventh Edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying. Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, offering "just the facts" Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad For anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of English grammar and usage, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation offers comprehensive, straightforward instruction.

Amateur Detectives

Amateur Detectives

A Writer's Guide to how Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases

  • Author: Elaine Raco Chase,Anne Wingate
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • ISBN: 9780898797251
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 232
  • View: 5303
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Let Amateur Detectives help you write an exciting chase. Here you'll find the information you need to keep your amateur-crime-solver novels and stories factually accurate, completely convincing. Open this book and investigate why high-tech policing hasn't run off the low-tech amateur; jobs that fit neatly with amateur sleuthing; intuition, gossip and other information-gathering methods; how to find out all about anyone; how the Internet can speed your sleuth to answers; how today's technological wonders can help your detective; the law as it applies to amateur detectives; gun laws, state by state; citizens' arrest powers, state by state; the Freedom of Information Act; and how real amateurs solved real crimes.

The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery

The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery

From Empty Page to Finished Mystery in Just 52 Weekends--A Dynamic Step-by-Step Program

  • Author: Robert J. Ray
  • Publisher: Dell
  • ISBN: 0307490394
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 272
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Like Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, Sara Paretsky and Thomas Harris, you, too, can learn the trade secrets of quality detective fiction. It's true. Just one year from now, you can deliver a completed mystery novel to a publisher--by writing only on weekends. Authors Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick guide you through the entire mystery-writing process, from creating a killer to polishing off the final draft. Each weekend you'll focus on a specific task--learning the basics of novel-writing, the special demands of mystery-writing, and the secrets professionals use to create stories one scene at a time, building to a shivery, satisfying climax. Using Agatha Christie's The Body in the Library as a model for the classical mystery tale and Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park for the hard-boiled mystery, this unique step-by-step program gives you all the information you need to reach your ultimate goal: a finished book in just 52 weeks! Let two successful masters of the genre show you how... Discover: Why you must create your killer first The tricks to writing dialogue that does it all--moves your plot, involves your reader, and makes your style sizzle How to "bury" information (and corpses) for your reader to find Why you should NOT build your book around chapters Special techniques for clearing writer's block Plus: examples from Sue Grafton, Dashiell Hammett, Patricia Cornwell, Thomas Harris, Raymond Chandler, and more. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Salt Sugar Fat

Salt Sugar Fat

How the Food Giants Hooked Us

  • Author: Michael Moss
  • Publisher: Signal
  • ISBN: 0771057091
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 352
  • View: 4041
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From a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the troubling story of the rise of the processed food industry -- and how it used salt, sugar, and fat to addict us. Salt Sugar Fat is a journey into the highly secretive world of the processed food giants, and the story of how they have deployed these three essential ingredients, over the past five decades, to dominate the North American diet. This is an eye-opening book that demonstrates how the makers of these foods have chosen, time and again, to double down on their efforts to increase consumption and profits, gambling that consumers and regulators would never figure them out. With meticulous original reporting, access to confidential files and memos, and numerous sources from deep inside the industry, it shows how these companies have pushed ahead, despite their own misgivings (never aired publicly). Salt Sugar Fat is the story of how we got here, and it will hold the food giants accountable for the social costs that keep climbing even as some of the industry's own say, "Enough already."

How to Think

How to Think

A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

  • Author: Alan Jacobs
  • Publisher: Currency
  • ISBN: 0451499603
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 160
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As a celebrated cultural critic and a writer for national publications like The Atlantic and Harper's, Alan Jacobs has spent his adult life belonging to communities that often clash in America's culture wars. And in his years of confronting the big issues that divide us--political, social, religious--Jacobs has learned that many of our fiercest disputes occur not because we're doomed to be divided, but because the people involved simply aren't thinking. Most of us don't want to think. Thinking is trouble. Thinking can force us out of familiar, comforting habits, and it can complicate our relationships with like-minded friends. Finally, thinking is slow, and that's a problem when our habits of consuming information (mostly online) leave us lost in the spin cycle of social media, partisan bickering, and confirmation bias. In this smart, endlessly entertaining book, Jacobs diagnoses the many forces that act on us to prevent thinking--forces that have only worsened in the age of Twitter, "alternative facts, " and information overload--and he also dispels the many myths we hold about what it means to think well. (For example: It'simpossible to "think for yourself.").