Posted on November 10, 2022 at 11:08 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It may not feel like it where you're living — it certainly hasn't yet in Iowa — but winter is...

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Posted on July 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You can likely name at least one standout murder-mystery hero, if not several. Have you thought about what characteristics they...

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Posted on May 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It can be hard to keep on top of all the blogs and news sources that aim to help writers....

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Posted on March 14, 2022 at 10:29 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Acclaimed author Ron Franscell's ten myths about crime-writing are worth a read even if you don't write crime. That's because...

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Posted on February 28, 2022 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The red-herring character in a mystery novel (or in a mystery plot line in any genre of novel) draws the...

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Posted on November 23, 2021 at 11:07 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors of all genres want to — or at least should want to — keep their readers guessing just a...

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Posted on October 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Frances Glessner Lee, through her dioramas of crime scenes, taught police officers to be more observant. But this godmother of...

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Tagged As: Mystery, Writer's Digest

Posted on May 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Melodie Campbell, as an author of mob-heist novels and a past executive director of Crime Writers of Canada, is quite...

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Posted on May 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

At its simplest, a mystery novel is a puzzle. But as Zara Altair points out, there are certain features to...

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Posted on April 28, 2021 at 1:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Setting may not be the first issue a writer thinks about when it comes to working on a crime novel....

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