Crime Writing

20 Things A Crime And A Novel Have In Common

I have written a few posts on Crime Writing, from All About Writing Crime Fiction - Five Reasons to Write Crime - to 10 Deadly Poisons - a crime writer's resource, to The Human Body After Death. When we read about a crime, or hear about one, we can't wait…

Crime Writing For Beginners – An Infographic

'All novels are about crime. You’d be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don’t see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That’s the nature of story-telling, if you want to…

Why Revenge Is Such A Brilliant Plot For Beginner Writers

If you’re looking for a plot for a first novel, I recommend revenge. Why? It works in every genre. It helps beginner writers focus on a story goal. It requires an antagonist - something most beginners ignore. If a character wants revenge it usually means that he…

5 Fabulous Tips For First Time Crime Writers

Crime novels continue to outsell all other genres. More than 40% of all novels sold belong to this genre. (Source) I always suggest that beginner writers try writing crime if they’re not sure where to start because it has guidelines that force writers to plan their story.…

7 Important Crime-Writing Guidelines

One of my favourite genres to read on holiday is crime. When I read a crime novel, I want to be entertained and I want to be educated. I am obsessed with people’s motives. I am interested in the criminals and the detectives and lawyers…

Literary Devices For Crime Writers – A MacGuffin And A Gun

Here are two literary devices you could use when plotting your next suspense novel, detective story, crime caper or mystery thriller. From two masters of the craft, these two strategies can help strengthen your storyline. Alfred Hitchcock gives us the MacGuffin. The MacGuffin is an object, event…

9 Ways To Make Readers Care For An Amoral Protagonist

Sometimes there’s a hero who is darker than an anti-hero. This character is amoral or morally challenged. We found this article on io9.com  and we thought they came up with some great ideas to get your readers on this type of character’s side. Nine ways…

Personality Disorders – A Writer’s Resource

Before you call a type of behaviour a disorder, it should cause enduring patterns that deviate from the expectations of society. These are some of the symptoms of a disorder. Writers need to know about personality disorders if they are going to write about them.…

9 Examples Of Sub-Genres In Crime Fiction

All crime fiction is based on the fact that there is a mystery to be solved. Usually, a crime has been committed and a murderer, a spy, or a thief must be caught. Crime fiction will always be popular. The genre has developed sub-genres over the years.…
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