Crime Writing

Books

Crime and Thriller Writing: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion by Michelle Spring and Laurie R. King 


Crime and Thriller Writing: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion is an essential guide to writing in these exciting genres. PART 1 explores the nature and history of the genre and helps you get started with ideas, planning and research. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling crime writers including Andrew Taylor, Charles Todd and Laura Wilson. PART 3 contains practical advice–from shaping plots and exploring your characters to the meaning of writer’s block, the power of the rewrite, and how to find an agent when your novel is complete.



Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron


Solve the MYSTERY of how to write and sell a KILLER story! With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You’ll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses. This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery writing, including: planning, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise ending creating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain deceiving and revealing with red herrings and clues writing investigation, spine-tingling suspense, and dramatic action revising – from sharpening characters, to optimizing pace, to smithing words engaging the reader By the time you finish reading part one of this book, you will have a blueprint for your entire story. Parts two and there take your blueprint from idea to well-polished novel. Part four is an insider’s guide to getting it into an agent’s or publisher’s hands.


   

Now Write! Mysteries edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson


The essential handbook for writers of whodunits, techno- thrillers, cozies, and everything in between-featuring never-before- published personal writing exercises from some of today’s bestselling and award-winning mystery writers. Now Write! Mysteries, the fourth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing guide series, brings together numerous bestselling authors-including winners of and nominees for the Edgar, Hugo, and Shamus awards, -for the definitive guide to writing mysteries, thrillers, and suspense stories. Now Write! Mysteries teaches you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about crafting a page-turning mystery-from creating a believable detective hero (or terrifying villain), to using real-life cutting-edge investigative techniques to bring your story to life.




Magazines

Mystery Scene 

Established in 1985, Mystery Scene Magazine is the oldest, largest, and most authoritative guide to the crime fiction genre. Our lively, expert coverage ranges from past mystery masters to today’s top talents and tomorrow’s bright new stars. We report on novels, of course, but also films, TV shows, audio-books, kid’s mysteries, short stories, reference works, and much more. 

 

Organisations

Australian Crime Writers Association 

The ACWA is dedicated to promoting greater recognition for crime, thriller and mystery writing in Australia and to protect the general professional interests of all creators of crime and mystery works. But we’re not just here for the professionals. We want to provide something for everyone who is devoted to the crime genre. As organisers of the annual Ned Kelly Awards, we aim to celebrate the very best in Australian crime writing.

Blogs

Criminal Minds – A Virtual Community 

Each week, we respond to provocative questions about crime fiction, writing, publishing and life.

CWA

Hints from writers

Podcasts

John Safran’s True Crime 

John Safran’s True Crime is a six part series interviewing leading authors about the process, ethics and experience of investigating and writing true crime.



Serial 

Serial is a podcast where we unfold one nonfiction story, week by week, over the course of a season. We’ll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it.

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