Twenty rules for writing detective stories (1928) by S.S. Van Dine THE DETECTIVE story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it is a sporting event. And for the writing of detective stories there are very definite laws — unwritten, perhaps, but none the less binding; and every respectable and self-respecting concocter of literary mysteries lives up to them. Herewith, then, is a sort Credo, based partly on the practice of all the great writers of detective stories, and partly on the promptings of the honest author's inner conscience. To wit: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
25 Things Writers Should Know About Creating Mystery 1. Your Story Must Be An Incomplete Equation A complete equation is 4 + 5 = 9. It’s simple. Clean. 2. This isn’t a list about murder mysteries. 3. A news story is upfront. 4. Put differently, have you heard the one about Betty Crocker and the Egg? 5. Not every mystery is a worthy one. 6. A good ol’ big-ass mystery is a meteor that punches a hole in that once-complete equation we were talking about. 7. Instead of one big mystery, consider instead (or in addition) a series of smaller mysteries: little mini-arcs that rise on the question mark and fall toward the answer. 8. A tiny point, but one worth mentioning: sometimes creating mystery is not an act of asking a question but the deed of providing a clearly incorrect answer. 9. To create suspense and invoke tension, offer the audience a mystery. 10. A mystery must have stakes — we must know why it exists, and what it means for it to go unanswered. 11. Exposition is the mystery-killer. 12. 13. 14. 15. Conflict and mystery go hand in hand.
25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting. Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. Then go forth and kick your writing year in the teeth. Onto the list. 1. Right here is your story. 2. Momentum is everything. 3. You have a voice. 4. Worry is some useless shit. 5. The rise of self-publishing has seen a comparative surge forward in quantity. 6. I said “stop hurrying,” not “stand still and fall asleep.” 7. It’s not going to get any easier, and why should it? 8. You don’t get to be a proper storyteller by putting it so far down your list it’s nestled between “Complete the Iditarod (but with squirrels instead of dogs)” and “Two words: Merkin, Macrame.” 9. The mind is the writer’s best weapon. 10. 11. 12. Writers are often ashamed at who they are and what they do. 13. Yeah, yeah, yeah. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
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101 Reasons To Write a Journal | 101 Reasons to Write a Journal is now an eBook! Click here to check it out Why Even Get Into Journaling? This is one of those “I couldn’t find it anywhere so I wrote it myself” posts. I know this site usually focuses on methods of journaling and making it easier, but I am also (clearly) a strong proponent of the sport and try and convert any one I can every chance I get. For organization purposes (and also so you can just get to the ones you care about) I have separated these reasons into different groups. Feel free to share this list with whoever else you are trying to convert to the art of journaling (you can find Email, Twitter and other sharing options at the bottom of this post). So, here it goes. Self Improvement 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Creativity 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Family 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. Writing 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65.
The Stories We Say... There Is Only Hitsuzen It's Made of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You When I was about nine or ten, I had gotten myself involved in playing the Pokemon card game at the local Books-a-Million. I remember observing a match between two boys of the same age, and one of the players whipped out a Pikachu card. This wasn't the normal Pikachu card; it was special, with unique art, abilities, and a little star logo. It was a promo card included with a magazine subscription. But I couldn't place the word "promo." Ah, yes. "Is that a homo Pikachu?" The boys laughed the cruel laughter of children. The problem of ignorance The surest way of convincing readers that your character is knowledgeable is by having the character demonstrate actual knowledge. Fiction writers have a tough job description. Since we are usually members of our own target audience, we shouldn't find it surprising, then, that the characters we build are often going to be stronger, smarter, braver, or all around more impressive people than we are. Research Research works. What does it mean? Ignore it
Keyboard Smash Writers!, When characters aren't standing out Character Chart for Fiction Writers - EpiGuide.com If you're a fiction writer -- whether you're working on a novel, short story, screenplay, television series, play, web series, webserial, or blog-based fiction -- your characters should come alive for your reader or audience. The highly detailed chart below will help writers develop fictional characters who are believable, captivating, and unique. Print this page to complete the form for each main character you create. IMPORTANT: Note that all fields are optional and should be used simply as a guide; character charts should inspire you to think about your character in new ways, rather than constrain your writing. If this character chart is helpful, please let us know! Looking for more character questionnaires / charts?
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