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Author Ephron, Hallie, author

Title Writing and selling your mystery novel : the complete guide to mystery, suspense, and crime / Hallie Ephron
Edition Revised and expanded [edition]
Published Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [2016]
©2016
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Description 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Acknowledgments; About the Author; Contents; Foreword; Introduction; WHAT IS A MYSTERY NOVEL?; WHAT MAKES A MYSTERY NOVEL POPULAR?; TUNING YOUR EAR: A READING LIST; NESTING INSTRUCTIONS; How This Book Works; Part I: Planning; Chapter 1: The Premise; WHERE TO FIND IDEAS; MAKING THE LEAP FROM IDEA TO PREMISE; USING REAL EVENTS AND PEOPLE; MARKET-DRIVEN IDEAS; Chapter 2: The Mystery Sleuth; DEVELOPING YOUR PROTAGONIST'S DARK PAST; DETERMINING YOUR SLEUTH'S EXPERIENCE LEVEL; RESEARCHING YOUR CHARACTER; CRAFTING A REALISTIC PROTAGONIST
CONTEXT: ACTIVITIES AND INSTITUTIONSPERSONAL SPACES THAT REVEAL CHARACTER; MAKING A SETTING FEEL CREDIBLE; GETTING THE INFORMATION YOU NEED; Chapter 9: Staking Out the Plot; THE SHAPE OF A MYSTERY PLOT; WELDING CHARACTER TO PLOT: PLAGUING THE PROTAGONIST; A DRAMATIC OPENING: THE SETUP; PLOT TWISTS; THE FINAL CLIMAX AND CODA; PAGES, SCENES, CHAPTERS, AND ACTS; SUBPLOTS; TO OUTLINE OR NOT TO OUTLINE; WRITING A BEFORE-THE-FACT SYNOPSIS; MAPPING CHARACTER TIME LINES; Chapter 10: Picking a Title; WHAT'S IN A TITLE?; A Blueprint for Planning a Mystery Novel; Part II: Writing; GETTING IT DOWN
Chapter 14: Dramatizing Scenes and Writing ChaptersSCENE: A DEFINITION; DRAMATIZING A SCENE; THE PAYOFF; SUBTLE ORIENTEERING; GROUPING SCENES INTO CHAPTERS; A WORD ABOUT PACING; Chapter 15: Narrative Voice and Viewpoint; PICKING NARRATORS; MAKING EACH NARRATOR'S VOICE MEMORABLE; DETERMINING POINT OF VIEW (POV); Chapter 16: Writing Dialogue; WRITING CONVINCING DIALOGUE; MAKING DIALOGUE FEEL AUTHENTIC; INJECTING DIALOGUE WITH CONFLICT; SHOWING EMOTIONS; SUMMARIZING INSTEAD; Chapter 17: Creating a Sense of Place; SETTING SCENES; USING SETTING IN A MYSTERY NOVEL; INCORPORATING SETTING DETAILS
Chapter 3: The Crime and the Victim's SecretsTHE CRIME; THE VICTIM; Chapter 4: The Villain; PLANNING AHEAD; CREATING A VILLAIN WORTH PURSUING; MAKING THE CRIME FIT THE VILLAIN; Chapter 5: Innocent Suspects; DETERMINING THE SUSPECTS' SECRETS; MAKING INNOCENT SUSPECTS LOOK GUILTY; PLANNING A SUSPECT; Chapter 6: The Supporting Cast; THE SIDEKICK; THE ADVERSARY; THE SUPPORTING CAST; NAMING SUPPORTING CHARACTERS; Chapter 7: The Web of Characters with Competing Goals; Chapter 8: Setting; WHEN: THE YEAR; WHEN: THE SEASON; WHERE: GEOGRAPHIC LOCALE; WHERE: EXTERIORS; WHERE: INTERIORS
MANUSCRIPT LENGTHChapter 11: Writing a Dramatic Opening; ANALYZING A DRAMATIC OPENING; SKETCHING OUT A DRAMATIC OPENING; WRITING THE DRAMATIC OPENING LINE; WRITING THE DRAMATIC OPENING SCENE; ENDING THE DRAMATIC OPENING WITH FORWARD MOMENTUM; Chapter 12: Introducing the Protagonist; BRINGING THE CHARACTER ONSTAGE; GIVING THE READER THE BASICS; Chapter 13: Introducing Major and Minor Characters; MAKING INTRODUCTIONS: CONJURING THE DETAILS; INTRODUCING MAJOR CHARACTERS; INTRODUCING MINOR CHARACTERS; INTRODUCING WALK-ONS; HELPING THE READER KEEP YOUR CHARACTERS STRAIGHT
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from title page (Safari, viewed April 10, 2017)
Subject Authorship -- Marketing.
Detective and mystery stories -- Authorship.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1440347220 (electronic bk.)
9781440347221 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Complete guide to mystery, suspense, and crime