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.

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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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More From the Plot Lab

Got the lab rolling today and found a few more things I need to really make this machine hum. I included a file box with 4” x 6” cards (lines ones) in a handy file box that has dividers 1 to 31. I got some more Post-It note pads out of the stash. I got […]

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A Few More Items for the Plot Lab

Okay, it’s not done yet, although I’m already using it. I added an easel from my kit of equipment that’s quite useful: An easel, with lined white paper. In particular, with a self-stick easel pad, where the pages have that wonderful gum across the top that lets you stick a page up anywhere; the same […]

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The Plot Laboratory, Part I: Getting Started

So far, I’ve not found any software that helps novelists build a detailed plot in combined graphical and text form, and that puts all that into a form where the writer can see an overview (50,000 ft. level, as some say) and simultaneously up close (or nearly so). The more I think about it, the […]

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