Posted on 02/21/2020 at 10:41 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The villain or culprit in your mystery should make sense once his or her guilt is revealed. But how do...

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Posted on 12/03/2019 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve all been there: We’re reading a book or watching a show or film in which a character shares our...

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Posted on 11/26/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Your characters’ backstories don't just serve your readers — they serve you, the writer. But, says Zara Altair, that’s why...

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Tagged As: Mystery, Writing advice

Posted on 08/22/2019 at 04:37 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Zara Altair wants to ensure your reader is just as invested as your sleuth is in solving the mystery in...

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Posted on 08/13/2019 at 03:43 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Stephanie Kane knows, from experience, the risks and rewards of using real-life events as inspiration for fiction. Her novel Quiet...

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Posted on 08/06/2019 at 04:24 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s a toss-up whether the beginning or ending of a story is the toughest part to write. But there’s no...

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Posted on 07/30/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writers who seek middle ground between full-blown outlines and complete improvisation have another option. Zara Altair compares the four-act structure...

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Posted on 06/03/2019 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Joanna Penn has another expert interview, this time with a police detective. Adam Richardson, in addition to working in the...

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Tagged As: Joanna Penn, Mystery

Posted on 05/05/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Zara Altair makes a keen observation about the mystery novel: While the detective/sleuth is generally the hero, the victim might...

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Posted on 03/15/2019 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Mystery, crime, thriller — the three genres are often spoken of interchangeably, but there are subtle (and not-so-subtle) differences as...

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