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Mystery and Crime Fiction: Writing Tips

A guide to printed and Internet sources of information on mystery and crime fiction, writers, organizations, and more.

Local Writers and Writing Groups

High Country Writers. Members include writers of all types of fiction and non-fiction.

How to Do It: Guides to Writing Mysteries and Crime Fiction

If you want to try your hand at crafting a mystery or crime story or novel, here are some guides to help you get started.

Burack, A. S., ed. Writing Detective and Mystery Fiction. 1945. PN3383 D4 B8

Ephron, Hallie. Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel. PN3377.5 D4 T68 2916

Hayden, G. Miki. Writing the Mystery: A Start-to-Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional. PN3377.5 D4 H39 2001. How to devise a plot,  develop characters and details, and work with publishers. Includes interviews with established authors and their advice to new writers.

Highsmith, Patricia. Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. PN3355 H52 1990

Keating, H. R. F. Writing Crime Fiction. PN3377.5 D4 K43 1986 An online community of aspiring and published writers.

Spring, Michelle, and Laurie R. King. The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing. PN3377.5 C75 2012

Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America. ed. by Sue Grafton. PN3377.5 D4 W66 1992. Chapters by established writers on preparing to write, beginning the process, revising your work, and marketing your manuscript.



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