Money for Writers

For most of us, it's tough to make a living writing fiction. Even if you make it, there's a good chance getting there will be a long slow process. In the meantime, here are some sites I've found that offer training, job boards, or other financial opportunities...

Resources for Writers

Links and Resources for Writers Here are some useful sites on writing, book marketing, researching, crime fiction, and freelance writing.     GENERAL LINKS FOR WRITERS AmazonInsights.com - This site has a ton of posts about writing, ...

Articles on Writing

These writing articles are geared toward writing the mystery, but many, if not most, of the lessons are appropriate for any genre. New lessons (or links to new lessons) will be added over time.  Have fun. Happy writing!   Introduction Lesson ...

Introduction - Let's Get Started

So, you want to write a novel. Specifically, you want to write a mystery. Maybe you've always dreamed of being a writer. Maybe you've pursued other dreams and are just now coming to the realization that writing a book is something you'd  really   l...

Lesson 1: What Kind of Book Do You Want to Write?

The first step in deciding what kind of book you want to write is to consider what kind of book you like to read. If you love romances, that might be a good genre for you to start with. If you despise romance novels but think you could just dash one...

Lesson 2: Creating Your Protagonist 1

The most important character in your novel is your protagonist. Whether you're writing a series or a stand-alone, this is the character your readers are going to be invested in, the one they have to care enough about to follow for the duration of a...

Lesson 3: Creating Your Protagonist 2 (Now You Try It)

Ready to build a brand new character? For simplicity's sake, I'm going to alternate gender pronouns in order to avoid the cumbersome "he or she". First, is the character male or female? What does he or she look like? Second, what kind of book does...

Lesson 4: The Character Questionnaire

Let's talk about the character questionnaire and how to use it. There are a lot of questions here, and it's not necessary to answer them all for every character--or even for your main character. You may want to copy and paste the whole questionnaire...

Lesson 6: The Big Book

Over the course of your novel (or series of novels), you will sooner or later find yourself having to refer to previously-introduced events or descriptions. What color were my character's eyes? What does the brooch her mother left her look like again?...