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Writing the Mystery – Howdunit?

Posted on February 7, 2017

When writing a cozy mystery, you need to decide upon crime scene details even though interpersonal relations and not forensic investigations are your story’s focus. Here’s an example of what this means. For my next book, I decided to start the tale at a bake-off contest, but the setting bothered me. Our city fairs are […]

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Writing the Mystery – Whydunit?

Posted on February 3, 2017

In the previous post, we discussed character development. As you figure out each person’s goals and secrets, you need to determine how that character relates to the others. Think of a spider web. The victim is in the center, and all of the other threads are the suspects. Or visualize it as a character wheel […]

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Writing the Mystery – Whodunit?

Posted on February 1, 2017

During the Discovery phase of your novel, which I discuss in my post on Five Stages of Writing, you’ll begin formulating the characters. If you’re writing a mystery series, you may already know the protagonists and recurrent characters. So now you have to determine the suspects that are specific to your WIP (work-in-progress). As a […]

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Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition

Posted on November 12, 2018

I’m excited to announce the release of Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition. Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or are you in the middle of a story and stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on […]

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Cover Reveal – Writing the Cozy Mystery 2nd Edition

Posted on August 16, 2018

Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition by Nancy J. Cohen     Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or are you in the middle of a story and stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on keeping […]

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My Review of Nancy J. Cohen’s “Writing the Cozy Mystery”

Posted on March 5, 2014

Thanks to DL Fernandez for his great review of my instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. ByDLFernandez Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J Cohen In the market for a new, great How-To book on writing? Well, look no further. I keep my eye out for these because they tend to be a wealth of […]

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Writing the Cozy Mystery

Posted on February 5, 2014

Do you want to write a mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a whodunit but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on how to keep track of your material? After hearing numerous aspiring writers ask for advice on how […]

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Writing a Mystery Series by Peg Herring

Posted on May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012 Writing a Mystery Series by Peg Herring Once is not enough. Readers love a series; just ask Laurie King or Lee Child or Charles Todd. A series is fun for the reader, since the characters become like old friends. I know Harry Bosch better than I know many people I see every […]

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Writing is a Mystery

Posted on February 25, 2011

When you think about it, writing is a mystery. We face a blank page and words mysteriously appear on it. Where do they come from? Is the Muse sitting on our shoulder, dictating into our minds? Or is the creative process more the result of hard labor and long hours at the computer? I’m in […]

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Plotting Questions For Mystery Writers

Posted on September 22, 2018

Your main goal in writing a mystery, or any kind of fictional work, is to create story questions in the reader’s mind. This creates suspense that you need to propel the story forward. Even as you are plotting the book, assuming you’re a plotter like me and not a pantser (figuring it out as you […]

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