Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Writing the Killer Mystery: Places, Clues and Guilt


Make your Mystery Novel a Success!!!

Let me show you how
  • Write dynamic settings
  • Create believable locations
  • Find means and motive for the killer
  • Use opportunity and alibis
  • Invent great clues and evidence
  • Drop red herrings to baffle all
  • Apply misdirection
  • How to play fair
  • Separate backstory and history
  • Incorporate flashbacks
  • Piecemeal backstory and history
In a Nutshell
This fourth book in the creative writing course, Writing the Killer Mystery, lays out the elements needed in every murder mystery, including setting, means, motive, opportunity, clues, backstory and history to make the mystery novel a success.

Help with your Mystery Novel
>>> Are you looking to take your murder mystery from concept to publication?
>>> Do you want to grow your writing knowledge and skills?
>>> Looking for a muse to help with writing your mystery novel?
>>> Are you stuck on some aspect of crafting your mystery?
>>> Do you sometimes have writer stall-out?

Let Writing the Killer Mystery series guide you with Volume 4, Places, Clues and Guilt.

Grab a copy today!!!

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pre-Order Writing the Killer Mystery: Plotting the Murder (Volume 3)

Craft your Mystery Novel’s Plot to Intrigue Readers!!!

Let me show you how
  • Apply the Three Act Structure to the mystery novel
  • Understand rising tension and its use
  • Resolve mid-story writer's block
  • Incorporate Timelines into the story structure
  • Develop Opening Lines that draw the reader in
  • Plan a riveting story with complications and twists
  • End Act II on a dramatic note
  • Use the Dead End Dilemma
  • Reveal the murderer
  • Understand the five parts of a scene
  • Recognize the ten kinds of Cliffhangers
  • Define the mystery with Six Key Events
  • Develop an Event-driven Plot
In a Nutshell
This third book in the creative writing course, Writing the Killer Mystery, provides a strategy to develop a storyline for the murder mystery, covering plot structure, the opening, the middle story, the big reveal, and writing scenes, pulling everything together in an event-driven plot.

Help with your Mystery Novel
>>> Are you looking to take your murder mystery from concept to publication?
>>> Do you want to grow your writing knowledge and skills?
>>> Looking for a muse to help with writing your mystery novel?
>>> Are you stuck on some aspect of crafting your mystery?
>>> Do you sometimes have writer stall-out?

Let Writing the Killer Mystery series guide you with Volume 3, Plotting the Murder.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Why you need Writing the Killer Mystery: Great Beginnings

Five Element Mystery Story Model


The central focus of Great Beginnings, Volume 1 of the Writing the Killer Mystery series, is the Five Element Mystery Story Model, something that every mystery novel must have.  This first volume shows how to use the five elements to brainstorm ideas, flesh them out, and organize them into a plan for starting your mystery novel.

Future volumes will focus on each of the five elements and how they go together.  The overall approach to the series is taking the mystery novel from concept to publication.



GREAT BEGINNINGS, VOLUME 1, WRITING THE KILLER MYSTERY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE:  SOME FRONT END STUFF
CHAPTER TWO:  MYSTERY WRITERS AND THEIR SLEUTHS
  • The Genesis of a Murder
  • Edgar Allan Poe 
  • William Wilkie Collins
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Ellery Queen (Pen Name)
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • Earl Derr Biggers
  • Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Ed McBain (pen name)
  • Rex Stout
  • Take Away
CHAPTER THREE:  UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERY
  • A Model for a Story
  • Story Examples
  • A Model for a Mystery Story
  • Mystery Story Examples 
  • Rules of the Murder Mystery
CHAPTER FOUR:  TYPES OF MYSTERIES
  • The Sub-genres
  • Mystery Sub-genre List
  • Mystery Sub-genres with Explanations
CHAPTER FIVE:  GOT A GOOD IDEA?
  • Every Story Starts with an Idea
  • Ideas Start with the 5 Elements
  • Playing the Game of "What If?"
  • Read, Read, Read for Ideas
  • What Is Your Story?
  • What Is His Story?
  • And Now the News
  • The Things of Our Dreams
  • From Idea to a Plan
  • High Concept
CHAPTER SIX:  A PLAN FOR STARTING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL
  • Developing Your Plan
  • Mind Mapping Your Plan
  • Free-form Your Plan
CHAPTER SEVEN:  LAST THOUGHTS
  • Just a Few Words, Please
  • More Books on the Way
  • About Ron D. Voigts