Think a Fiction Formula is a Bad Idea? Think Again…

Another year. Another NaNoWriMo win. Another story fail. Sound familiar?

I completed another NNWM this year, in spite of working full-time. That’s the good news. I can write enough each day to reach the goal of 50K words in 30 days. The bad news is, the story’s terrible. In fact, it’s not really a […]

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Every Murder Mystery Plot. Ever.

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Well, that’s a bit strong. However, an article in The Boston Globe purports to cover them all, in a few hundred words.

For beginners, there’s the Obvious Killer story. Yes, the butler really did do this one. Or that guy with all the sharp tools, who’s […]

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Seems Joss Whedon Agrees With Me…

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Found this webpage, where Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity and more) discusses writing. He doesn’t specify murder mysteries, but he does use big pieces of paper, charts, graphs, colored pens and so on when he’s providing structure to his stories.

Like my […]

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Looking to Bag a Big Impossapotamus This Season

It’s still three weeks until the kickoff, but I’m already on the hunt. Or at least getting the big guns all polished and loaded. I intend to score my biggest win ever this year at NaNoWriMo, something like 210,000 words. It’s aggressive, but I had so many days last year that were around 7,000 each […]

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Mystery Plots: Simple (and Not So Simple) Schemes on the Web

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Naturally I’m not the only person presenting thoughts about murder mystery plots on the Web. Before going into detail on my woes, I’ll share some of the sites I’ve enjoyed reading. I’m not sure what I’ve incorporated from each of these, if anything. Some of the […]

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Mystery Plots: On Paper? Or Software?

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In this stream of posts on Mystery Plotting (and elsewhere) I’ve mentioned using large paper strips as part of the plot building process. While that’s nice, it can get to be Very Messy. And once you have a paper plot in hand, it’s often not that […]

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How to Plot a Mystery

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This short post will begin to reveal my process for plotting the perfect murder mystery. Yes, I have the perfect process. I just don’t have it perfected yet…

Actually, building my first full mystery plot been an amazing journey of self-revelation, discovery and learning, as well […]

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The English Murder Mystery: Still Popular?

The murder mystery is one of my favorite genres. A good read and a great puzzle, all in one nice, hand-sized package. I especially enjoy those written by British authors and based in some historical period. Somehow, it seems the British authors were the best at setting a mood, hiding the clues, and most of […]

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The 21 Fiction Genres (And Their Cousins)

I was reviewing a section of a book I read some years ago titled Story Structure Architect. Because I’ve recently been sensitized to the need to have one’s fiction properly categorized, I quickly became interested (that’s code for got way off task) in an early chapter called The 21 Genres.  So, according to Victoria Lynn […]

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If He Can Publish, Surely I Can…

Whitley Streiber wrote a book titled Communion a quarter century ago. Since then, he’s lost his wife, his financial stability and more. But he still publishes; his latest is Solving the Communion Enigma. He has a radio show. He has a following.

He also makes fruitcakes appear positively nut-allergen safe.

I don’t know how he […]

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