Here are 7 tips that I wish somebody had told me years before I put pen to paper. The reader clearly understands that this is going to be a serial murders case and the killer is not going to stop any time soon.
Read other genres, too. In today's post, crime writer Luke Preston shares some of his tips. The key to creating suspense is character.
And if it comes along, grab it…. Wodehouse, what it boils down to is that if your character does something wrong, sooner or later if he walks down a dark street, fate will slip out with a stuffed eel-skin and get him.
Thanks and happy writing! I shut my eyes and listened to the sound of the waves breaking over the pebble shore.
You set up a card table, and you lay out pieces of cardboard, construction paper, scissors, paste, crayons. There are many other ways to begin a novel and no way is right or wrong.
Characters that make mistakes, characters that think fast and think badly, flawed characters, but likeable characters. Even the best detectives can follow false lines of reasoning if all the evidence seems to support this track.
Where is your character? In crime fiction, perhaps more than any other genre, you simply need to give readers an excuse to immerse themselves.