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Plotting and Planning

Pacing the Thriller: Believe Me by JP Delaney
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The one thing everyone agrees a thriller needs is pace. If it doesn’t make you turn the pages – if you’re not hooked from the get-go, and so addicted by...

Research Techniques: The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Posted by Ausma Zehanat Khan in , .

My Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty crime series features a pair of Canadian detectives who specialize in sensitive investigations in minority communities. Though the series is grounded in the multicultural city of...

Changing Genre: Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
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One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my writing career is that you will always, always continue to learn. And that you really don’t know what way the writing...

Criminal Minds: Creating a Foolproof Plot by Sam Blake
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This past week I’ve been doing all sorts of events – from How to Get Away with Murder in Cork with Catherine Ryan Howard to hosting the Insider’s Guide to...

Plotting a Historical Crime Series: The House on Half Moon Street by...
Posted by Alex Reeve in , .

Plotting (your own downfall) Starting out writing my historical crime series has been … let’s say ‘educational’. My debut, The House on Half Moon Street, is just the beginning. I’ve...

Plotter v. Pantser: Avoiding the Locked Room by Andrea Mara
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Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you plot your books carefully in advance, or fly by the seat of your pants? There’s no right or wrong answer, but...

Five Tips for Writing Conflict into Your Book by Martin Cavannagh
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Martin Cavannagh is a writer for Reedsy, a marketplace with tools that allows authors and publishers to find top editorial, design and marketing talent. Over 3,000 books have been published...

Real Life vs. Fiction by Patricia Caliskan
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Full-time employee by day, aspiring novelist by night? Then you’ve come to the right article, my friend! That’s how every author who ever nabbed themselves a publishing deal started out....

An Ode to Plotting: The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in , .

My second thriller, The Liar’s Girl, came out a few weeks ago. Writing friends of mine could’ve been forgiven for looking at the cover in surprise, convinced that the book...

HD: Putting the Ink in Imagination by Patricia Caliskan
Posted by Patricia Caliskan in , , .

The number one question put to any novelist: Where do you get your ideas? Dipping the nib in the old brainbox, is the truthful, if uninspiring, answer. The myth is...

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