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You Can Write a Mystery (You Can Write It!)by Gillian Roberts
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Have you ever thought about writing a mystery, and gave up the idea because you weren't sure how to start it? Well now is your chance to go out and write that mystery you have always dreamed of. You Can Write a Mystery, written by Gillian Roberts, author of the Anthony Award-winning Amanda Pepper Series, will help you start your mystery and guide you through to the end.
The 'rules' that govern the mystery are the rules that govern all fiction. Every novel needs suspense and drama, says Roberts. With this book you'll learn how to build your story from the grave up. Roberts focuses on what she calls the Seven C's, why you need them and how they help your story. She offers examples and exercises that will help you complete your story filled with cliffhangers, intriguing characters and hooks. This book also offers practical suggestions for handling problems likely to arise during the writing process. Along the way, Robert's will teach you:
The 15 commandments for mystery
How to design your sleuth
The Seven Cs your book can't do without - characters, conflict, causality, complications, change, crisis and closure
How to hide clue, and exploit red-herrings
How to develop a style, find a tone and construct a killer plot
You Can Write a Mystery, offers practical guidance for the first-time writer. Its easy-to-understand format will help the most amateur to become a mystery writer. In addition to the practical writing advice supplied, Roberts also offers expert advice for editing, revising and submitting a top-notch manuscript.
Award-winning author Gillian Roberts takes the mystery out of writing the whodunit. If you enjoy reading mystery novels and have thought "I want to do that", now you can with this clear, engaging book. By working with her advice, examples and exercises, you'll learn to build a story from the grave up and prepare it for submission to the profitable mystery market.<P>Along the way, Roberts will teach you: <BR>-- The 15 commandments for mystery writers<BR>-- How to design your sleuth<BR>-- The seven Cs your book can't do without — characters, conflict, causality, complications, change, crisis and closure<BR>-- How to hide clues and exploit red herrings<BR>-- Research techniques<BR>-- How to develop a style, find a tone and construct a killer plot<P>Lastly, Roberts acts as your own private Watson — a sounding board for ideas and concerns. She offers expert advice for editing, revising and submitting a top-notch manuscript and thoroughly explains how to submit work for publication in this specialized genre.
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