Friday 8 January 2021

So you want to write a crime novel: Part 1 - Considerations.

 It's 2021 and thank heavens we have left 2020 behind. I will begin by wishing you all a healthy, happy and safe New Year.

New Year - it's the "new" bit that had me thinking. We all make new decisions at the beginning of a new year. And, at the beginning of this one, I have decided to write a series of posts on the different aspects of crime writing.

J is for January. It is also for "Jumping-off Point", so this series begins with an overview of what constitutes a crime novel, what differentiates each type and what they have in common. Crime is a specific genre, but within it there is a lot of room for manoeuvre. What is different when you write a crime novel? What must you take into account? 

Over the next 12 months, I will cover research, characters, settings, seeding clues and red herrings, suspense and conflict, different ways to write the book, pulling a scene together and cliffhangers. 

What do you do if your character suddenly goes off on a tangent? (Mine always do). I will also include a post of how to focus if you are feeling lost and how you can get back on track.

I'm game if you are. You can read my first post HERE:

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