How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery : A Practical Step-by-step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript

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Edgar award nominee James N. Frey, author of the internationally best-selling books on the craft of writing, "How to Write a Damn Good Novel," "How to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques," and "The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth," has now written what is certain to become the standard "how to" book for mystery writing, "How to Write a Damn Good Mystery."Frey urges writers to aim high-not to try to write a good-enough-to-get-published mystery, but a damn good mystery. A damn good mystery is first a dramatic novel, Frey insists-a dramatic novel with living, breathing characters-and he shows his readers how to create a living, breathing, believable character who will be clever and resourceful, willful and resolute, and will be what Frey calls "the author of the plot behind the plot."Frey then shows, in his well-known, entertaining, and accessible (and often humorous) style, how the characters-the entire ensemble, including the murderer, the detective, the authorities, the victims, the suspects, the witnesses and the bystanders-create a complete and coherent world.Exploring both the on-stage action and the behind-the-scenes intrigue, Frey shows prospective writers how to build a fleshed-out, believable, and logical world. He shows them exactly which parts of that world show up in the pages of a damn good mystery-and which parts are held back just long enough to keep the reader guessing.This is an indispensable step-by-step guide for anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a damn good more

Product details

  • Hardback | 271 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 32mm | 381.02g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0312304463
  • 9780312304461
  • 383,328

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Confidently guides the novice through the crime-writing basics. "Publishers Weekly" Eminently practical and rich in details. A must for budding crime-fiction authors. "Booklist" Frey ... delivers a witty and entertaining writer's-conference-in-a-book. "Library Journal""show more

About James N Frey

James N. Frey is the author of internationally bestselling books on the craft of fiction writing, including "How to Write a Damn Good Novel," "How to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques," and "The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth." He is also the author of nine novels, including the Edgar Award-nominated "The Long Way to Die." He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Extension, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Oregon Writers' Colony, and he is a featured speaker at writers' conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Former students include recent Anthony award-nominees Betty Winkleman and Cara Black, and many best-selling authors including Marjorie Reynolds, Melba Beals, and April more