Top Ten Clichés in Crime Fiction. By Rob W. Hart, who is associate publisher of MysteriousPress.com, class director of LitReactor, and all-around friend of Mulholland—knows his crime fiction. His list of crime fiction bugbears at mulhollandbooks.com.
- You must be born to write
- Write about what you know
- Find your own routine
- Be aware that the business is changing
- Read, write and don’t daydream!
- Enjoy your own company
- Choose a good setting
- Never go anywhere without a notebook
- Never talk about a book before it is finished
- Know when to stop
Alison Feeney-Hart with ten tips for writing novels by P.D. James. How to become an author? Have a look at the BBC.
1. Find the puzzle
2. Kill, kill, kill!
3. Create a crime file
4. Plot? What Plot?
5. Call the Cops
6. Big up your bad guys
7. Invent a flawed hero
8. Twist the plot
9. Never mind whodunit
10. There are no rules (But Agatha rules!)
Who else? With worldwide sales of 30 million for his John Rebus books, Ian Rankin is just the man to compile a ten-point guide to writing the perfect whodunit. Read more at Mail Online.