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The elements of mystery fiction: writing a modern whodunit

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Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press,
Pub. Date:
c2004.
Language:
English
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The Elements of Mystery Fiction: Writing the Modern Whonunit has guided and inspired mystery writers – veterans as well as beginners -- for nearly a decade. Here William G. Tapply, with more than 20 popular mystery and suspense novels under his belt, isolates the crucial “elements” of the mystery novels that publishers want to publish and readers want to read -- original plots, clever clues, sympathetic sleuths, memorable villains, multi-dimensional supporting characters, true-to-life settings, sharp narrative hooks, and, of course, smooth writing. In clear readable prose using examples from many of our best contemporary mystery novelists, Tapply shows how the writer can create the pieces and fit them together to make a story you can’t put down.
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9781590581155
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table_of_contents Introduction to the second edition -- Introduction -- Writing a modern whodunit: Elements of mystery fiction -- Finding your story -- Protagonist: Sleuth as hero or heroine -- Lineup: Villains, victims, suspects, and other characters -- Point of view: Giving your reader a place to stand -- Setting: Scene of the crime -- Getting It started: Setting the narrative hook -- Structuring the story: Building tension -- Building conflict to make scenes work -- Dialogue: Lifeblood of mystery fiction -- Getting It Right: Rewriting and revising -- Other important considerations: Writing the mystery series -- Standalone or series mystery? -- Seeing double: Making collaboration work -- Doing business with agents -- Editing and publishing mysteries -- Bookselling business -- Catch-23: Publicizing your mystery novel -- Persistence.
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