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Writing Mysteries & Thrillers That Sell

Writing a successful mystery novel or screenplay is more than just keeping readers intrigued or making an audience jump out of their seats. Even the smallest of details has to be authentic and believable to evoke the intended effect.

You’ll learn the ins and outs of building a plot with heinous crimes, meticulous investigations and disturbing characters that surprise your audience around every turn. With this exclusive collection, you get 12 incredible resources to help you write the most cutting-edge and current thriller that the reader won't want to put down.

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Howdunit: Book of Poisons - Ebook Edition (PDF)

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Mystery, thriller, and suspense writers have long turned to the Writer's Digest Howdunit series to find the accurate, detailed information that adds credibility to their work. In Book of Poisons, the first book in the new series, beginning and veteran writers will find the information they need to make their novel or short story compelling and realistic. Whether you have hopes of becoming a screenwriter for a show like Grey's Anatomy, a crim...


Howdunit: Forensics - eBook

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Write your way around a crime scene with award-winning author and TV show consultant D.P. Lyle, M.D. who offers an insider's view of each area of forensics-from the crime scene to the autopsy and everything in between. Written specifically for writers, this book provides detailed information to make a story realistic and believable including: What a dead body reveals including the cause and manner of death. Procedures used to preserve a cri...


Writing Thrillers: The Writer's Guide to Crafting Tales of Suspense - eBook (PDF)

$3.99 if bought separately

In this invaluable guide, thriller master Michael Newton shows you how to develop compelling plots and intriguing characters that grab readers from page one and won't let them go. You'll learn how to craft heroes and villains that are both believable and original and ground them in situations that push them to the limits of physical, emotional, and mental endurance.


Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction - Ebook Edition

$16.99 if bought separately

A hero without adversity is just a person, and stories without bad guys simply don't exist. From unlikable protagonists and dark heroes to bullies and mischief makers to villains and arch nemeses, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches shows you how to create nuanced, three-dimensional bad guys who are indispensable to the stories in which they appear. Through detailed instruction and examples from contemporary bestsellers and classic page-turners,...


Writing the Thriller: The Secrets to Keeping Readers Up All Night - OnDemand Edition

$79.00 if bought separately

YOU’LL LOVE THIS ONDEMAND WEBINAR IF: You are a writer who is aiming for bestselling status You are a writer who enjoys reading and writing thrillers You are an editor who wants to deepen your understanding of the genre ABOUT THIS ONDEMAND WEBINAR: Thrillers are enormously popular today, constantly appearing on bestseller lists every week. To write them successfully you need more than a penchant for action—you must understand the fou...


How to Write a Dynamite Mystery or Thriller That Sells - OnDemand Webinar

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Mysteries and thrillers are the most exciting forms of fiction being written today, with millions of readers eager for new stories. Especially in today's digital-boom market, agents and editors are hungrily searching for fresh talent. The ideal writer possesses a good working knowledge of the mystery/ thriller form, and a spark of imagination that makes his or her manuscript stand out like a beacon. If you want to hear that magic sentence, "W...


From Cozy to Carnage: An Agent Explains the Ins and Outs of Thriller/Mystery Writing - OnDemand Edition

$79.00 if bought separately

You'll Love This Webinar If: You're planning on writing a mystery novel or thriller You want to find out which subgenre your story idea fits best in You're looking for examples of themes and trends seen in successful crime books  You are actively querying agents and publishers in both adult and YA markets  You are wondering why your work is getting rejected  You want to pitch your story's concept at a writers conference  You write for...


Write TV and Feature Thrillers that Sell - OnDemand Edition

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ABOUT THE WEBINAR The thriller is a demanding genre to write because the audience wants to sit on the edge of its collective seats. To achieve this, it takes an intimate knowledge of the underlining elements of suspense plotting and storytelling. While the story is important, the plot is more important. It also takes knowledge of the popular sub-genres that add different spins and provide the writer the ability to create original material. ...


How to Write An Action Thriller They Can’t Put Down - OnDemand

$79.99 if bought separately

ABOUT THE WEBINAR Everyone loves action movies that won't quit until the very last frame. The same is true for screenplays that keep you reading until the very last page. Industry professionals call them the fast read and smart screenwriters use specific techniques to keep the action moving until the very last page. This webinar covers those techniques with step-by step instructions and real examples that show how to propel your characters...


Master the Mystery Genre - OnDemand

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ABOUT THE WEBINAR In order to effectively write films for today’s viewers, screenwriters must master the history of their genre. After learning these skills and applying them to their work, screenwriters will have an advantage over their competition by understanding where and how their genre has emerged. Screenwriters armed with that information will then pitch fresh, new genuine concepts within the media landscape that is muddied with copyc...


Create a Compelling Mystery: Storytelling, Suspects, Clues, Crime-Solving Methods, Conclusions, and More - OnDemand Edition

$79.00 if bought separately

ABOUT THE WEBINAR From SHERLOCK HOLMES to COLUMBO to LAW & ORDER and CSI, mysteries have endured through the decades. Indeed, trying to guess the identity of a killer while tagging along with the protagonist is a stimulating way to spend an hour in front of the television or days immersed in an engrossing novel. You strive to be smarter than the suspect, just as clever as the hero in pursuit—you want to figure it all out before anyone el...


Howdunit: Police Procedures and Investigation: A Guide for Writers - Ebook Edition

$11.99 if bought separately

To write a credible police story, writers need to know how police investigations really work. This latest book in the Howdunit series gives the lowdown on how everyday folks, as well as writers and journalists, misunderstand or incorrectly portray how the police work. Keeping in mind the mistakes most often made, this guide provides insight into a cop's world: the terminology used by police officers an in-depth look at the tools of the tr...


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