50 Fabulous Resources For Crime Writers

50 Fabulous Resources For Crime Writers

Crime fiction will always be one of the most popular genres for readers and writers. If you’re thinking of writing a thriller, a mystery, or a police procedural, you will appreciate some of our previous posts on the subject. I’ve put together a list of all our writing resources for crime writers in one place.

50 Fabulous Resources For Crime Writers

The Genre

  1. 13 Questions To Ask Before You Turn Your Idea Into A Crime Novel
  2. 5 Fabulous Tips for First Time Crime Writers
  3. 5 Reasons To Write Crime Fiction
  4. 9 Examples of Sub-Genres in Crime Fiction
  5. Crime Writing For Beginners – An Infographic
  6. Why Revenge is Such a Brilliant Plot for Beginner Writers
  7. 7 Important Crime-Writing Guidelines
  8. Top 10 Rules For Mystery Writing
  9. Why People Read Detective Novels
  10. 10 Elementary Tips For Writers From Sherlock Holmes


  1. When Crazy Is Good – 9 Good Reasons For Your Character’s Bad Behaviour
  2. 10 Essential Tips for Writing Antagonists
  3. 10 Ways To Create Dangerously Nuanced Antagonists
  4. The 9 Types Of Unreliable Narrator
  5. 9 Ways To Make Readers Care For An Amoral Protagonist
  6. Is Your Antagonist A Match For Your Hero?
  7. How To Use Your Antagonist To Define Your Story Goal
  8. Personality Disorders – DSM-5 Resource for Writers
  9. 4 Ways To Get Your Reader To Identify With An Unsympathetic Character
  10. Resources For Writing About Troubled Fictional Characters
  11. Torture Your Character – The 3 Most Effective Types of Inner Conflict
  12. 9 Anti-Social Fictional Characters We Can’t Forget
  13. 7 Deadly Rules For Creating A Villain


  1. 10 Deadly Poisons – A Crime Writer’s Resource
  2. 50 Ways To Say ‘Villain’
  3. Crime Writer’s Resource – The Human Body After Death
  4. Professions With The Most Psychopaths
  5. Cheat Sheets For Writing Body Language
  6. 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers From James Patterson
  7. The Man With The Golden Pen — 5 Writing Secrets From Ian Fleming
  8. 6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing
  9. 20 Things A Crime And A Novel Have In Common

Techniques And Devices

  1. 5 Tips To Help You Write A Gripping Read
  2. Literary Devices For Crime Writers – A MacGuffin And A Gun
  3. What Is A Red Herring?
  4. 7 Awesome Foreshadowing Tips For Fiction Writers
  5. Adding Suspense To Stories
  6. 37 Ways To Write About Anger
  7. The Locked Room – A Simple Way To Test Your Plot
  8. Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting
  9. What My Six-Year-Old Taught Me About Storytelling

Top Tip: If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course in Johannesburg or sign up for our online course.