This short guide introduces you to the elements of a whodunit or thriller. Mysteries have a structure and inherent rules that are followed to write a mystery satisfying to you and to readers. This introduction to mystery writing outlines the six or more characters in every mystery and the roles they play. If your idea for a mystery is burning hot, Writing Your First MysterThis short guide introduces you to the elements of a whodunit or thriller. Mysteries have a structure and inherent rules that are followed to write a mystery satisfying to you and to readers. This introduction to mystery writing outlines the six or more characters in every mystery and the roles they play. If your idea for a mystery is burning hot, Writing Your First Mystery will start you thinking about clues, red herrings, and thrilling chase scenes.The guide assumes you are a competent writer, and also a reader of mysteries. Writing Your First Mystery is linked to Plotting Your First Mystery and Writing Killer Characters by the same author....
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Writing Your First Mystery, #1 Reviews
I wasn't sure what to expect when I settled in to read this book. I've read some writing books that are really good and many that ended up being a waste of time. This book was in the middle of the road. It was a bit more basic than I anticipated, yet the author hit all the major elements a mystery novel should have. The book is clearly written and pleasant to read.One word of caution, the book is short, really short. I borrowed it courtesy of KU, so the short length didn't bother me, though it would have if I'd paid the full price.
Brief But InformativeI liked how this book tells you exactly what's required in writing your first mystery. The author doesn't drag out the facts with overstated details. She states what works in writing your mystery and moves on. A great introductory to mystery writing although I wish there had been a more comprehensive list of resources.
A basic guide to the basic elements of murder-mystery writing. Preston makes suggestions for what to read, who to know, questions to ask yourself. Well organized and competently written. A simple overview for beginners.
A good primer for writing mysteries, but only if you don't usually know mysteries. If you read or write mysteries, this book really isn't for you.
Where do I get these things? No idea but I have a pdf of this book. It’s short at 18 pages in the pdf, 40 in kindle. But it’s a good, basic guide to writing murder mysteries. It talks of different genres, makes some sensible suggestions and is a quick read. She has written five ‘how-to’ books.When I first began writing mysteries, I talked to a detective in the Santa Monica Police Department. He said, “Please don't make your detective alcoholic, depressed, and divorced. We're not all like that.”Indeed. And besides picking something quirky is fun.[Side note: I wrote a short story once from a prompt on this site:https://www.theyfightcrime.org/Each time you click on it, it generates a new example. Like this:He's an uncontrollable misogynist barbarian who dotes on his loving old ma. She's a mentally unstable impetuous vampire with someone else's memories. They fight crime! How much fun is that???]Mar talks of people watching and observation. Make sure you put those observations in your writing. The waitress brought coffee. Is she tired? Do her feet hurt? Is her hair mussed as if she’s run her hands through it with frustration? Are her lips swollen as if someone else ran their hands through her hair as they kissed her?Take note. I think this is more relevant for mysteries where these kind of things are in fact, CLUES!It’s all grist for the mill. If you were to fall dead in front of me, I’d probably take notes.Yeah… me too.This is in the bio at the back:She would like to tell you that she has a fixed writing schedule that she adheres to rigidly. This is not true.Bwahaha. I think I like Mar Preston.3 stars
The author presented her views on writing a mystery in an engaging manner, with many personal recommendations. A basic guide to the key components of a mystery. The author frequently mentioned a second book in this series, one concerning plotting a mystery story. I will probably check that out too.
This is a basic, short guide but just what I needed to continue my project. Made me consider things I hadn't and make sure I was on track. A lot of it may be common sense but it is easy to let simple things fall through the cracks. This guide helps prevent that.
I wouldn't call this step-by-step, but it has good general pointers if you've thought about writing mysteries or any story, really. Makes me want to watch Monk again, haha. But yes. overall, a good short read.
Another book with a lot of insight.