Posted on 03/14/2022 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 02/28/2022 at 04:00 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 11/23/2021 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 10/16/2021 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 05/23/2021 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 05/15/2021 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 04/28/2021 at 01:30 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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Posted on 04/16/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Most of the advice we’ve shared in regards to writing about criminals has assumed that the criminal is the villain....

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Posted on 04/15/2021 at 09:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Mystery novelists have to walk a special tightrope. Make the culprit too obvious and readers won’t have a reason to...

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Posted on 04/02/2021 at 09:09 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Both a mystery and a thriller — if done well — make a reader eager to complete the book and...

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