The story of a fifty-four year old’s debut novel. Twenty-plus years of writing, revising, letting it sit, then rewriting and re-revising some more.
A guide to writing realistic crime and horror fiction when your manuscript involves blood.
Research is important, but you don't want to become a researcher. Learn how to research as a writer instead of writing as a researcher.
A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It
By Mike Cooper
With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
In: Crime, Crime Fiction, detective, Forensics, Murder, Research, Research, suicide, Writing the Crime Scene
Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
In: Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, homage, Inspiration, Research, Resources, Terror in a Texas Town, Weezer
A discussion of how writers take, steal and borrow content, and why.
Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Strange experiences, new situations, and faraway galaxies are all great, but sometimes looking inside yourself and revisiting your memories is the best thing you can do for your writing.
How to avoid writing purple prose.
Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
By Alex Segura
Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.
Tips on how to write contemporary magical realism.
Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
In: Crime Fiction, Crime Writers' Association, detective, Forensics, Horror, Investigation, Research, Research, True Crime, Writing the Crime Scene
A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.
101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet
A guide to writing realistic depictions of gunshot wounds, as well as their treatment and recovery, in crime and horror fiction.
A guide to researching and writing about autopsies in crime and horror fiction.
Editors are tired of their slush piles being haunted by vampires, werewolves and zombies. Here's five horrifying new monsters dying to claw their way into your next submission.
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.