Crime Writing

Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers

Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers

Dashiell Hammett (born 27 May 1894, died 10 January 1961) was an American author who was famous for his hard-boiled detective novels, short stories, and screenplays. Hammett is regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time and his works of fiction include…

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…

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

5 Fabulous Tips For First Time Crime Writers

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. Remember that you can cross genres and write Sci-Fi Crime or Fantasy Crime. It is also a good starting point…

What Is A Red Herring?

Is there something fishy going on here? A red herring is another popular storytelling device found in mystery or detective books or movies. It is a plot thread that misleads or distracts from the main story events. It is a clue that leads in the wrong direction,…
7 Important Crime-Writing Guidelines

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 Writers – A MacGuffin And A Gun

Literary Devices For 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…
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