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Plotting and writing suspense fiction

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Patricia Highsmith, author of Strangers On a Train, The Talented Mr.Ripley, Found In The Street, and many other books, is known as one of the finest suspense novelists. In this book, she analyzes the key elements of suspense fiction, drawing upon her own experience in four decades as a working writer. She talks about, among other topics; how to develop a complete story from an idea; what makes a plot gripping; the use (and abuse) of coincidence; characterization and the "likeable criminal"; going from first draft to final draft; and writing the suspense short story.

Throughout the book, Highsmith illustrates her points with plentiful examples from her own work, and by discussing her own inspirations, false starts, dead ends, successes, and failures, she presents a lively and highly readable picture of the novelist at work.

Anyone who wishes to write crime and suspense fiction, or who enjoys reading it, will find this book an insightful guide to the craft and art of a modern master.

About the Author

The great mystery/suspense writer Patricia Highsmith published more than two dozen works of fiction, as well as numerous reviews and essays, and was awarded the French Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (1957) and the British Crime Writers Associations's Silver Dagger (1964).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312048679
Author:
Highsmith, Patricia
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Mystery & Detective Fiction
Subject:
Creative writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Genre Fiction
Subject:
Technique
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction -- Technique.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Edition Number:
1st U.S. pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Us Pbk
Series:
Writer's Library
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20010908
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 in

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