Posted on 10/29/2020 at 03:16 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Solving the crime shouldn’t be the only challenge your mystery novel’s protagonist faces. Zara Altair suggests giving your detective a...

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Posted on 10/25/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

So your novel has unanswered questions and heightened tensions. Does that make it a mystery, thriller, or suspense novel? Zara...

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Posted on 09/18/2020 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Does your mystery feel saggy in the middle? Zara Altair says that’s common — and can be fixed or avoided....

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Posted on 09/08/2020 at 11:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve all been at a loss for words (some of us more often than others). How about your characters? Do...

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Posted on 07/21/2020 at 10:21 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The setting of your story may seem as real as the room you’re physically in, as you’re writing. But how...

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Posted on 06/27/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you’re like us, you’ve been doing much more cooking nowadays than six months ago. So, fittingly, we have a...

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Posted on 06/17/2020 at 11:17 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The most compelling part of Zara Altair’s post on starting your mystery, for us, might have been the section on...

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Posted on 06/05/2020 at 10:21 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You may be hesitant to share your own opinion, as a writer, on topics that don’t directly relate to the...

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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 02/12/2020 at 01:01 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When you create a character, you’ve likely formed a picture of him or her in addition to coming up with...

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