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How to Outline a Crime Novel Step by Step

How to Outline a Crime Novel Step by Step

We look at how to modify The Hero’s Journey to outline a crime novel readers will love. Your imagination is key to developing characters and situations that make your story unique.

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Create Crime Characters to Thrill Your Readers

Create Crime Characters to Thrill Your Readers

Introduction to creating characters for crime fiction. Best approaches for the character tropes to engage readers in your story.

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Short Stories: How to Share Them

Short Stories: How to Share Them

Short stories aren't quite as easy to sell as novels. Do you have a story you're fond of, yet you're unsure how to use it? If so, this article is for you.

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The Mystery of Writing a Whodunit Unlocked

The Mystery of Writing a Whodunit Unlocked

Your introduction to writing a whodunit, from the cast of characters you need to a framework to construct the puzzle at the heart of your mystery.

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Inspiration for Crime Writers: From Lee Child to Ann Cleeves

Inspiration for Crime Writers: From Lee Child to Ann Cleeves

Crime writers can seem like writing gods, but the quotes in this article might help them seem a little more human—and prove that if they can do it, you can do it too!

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4 Great Novel-Writing Apps That Are Totally Free

4 Great Novel-Writing Apps That Are Totally Free

If you think a fancy novel-writing app costs too much money, you're in luck. We've got four awesome programs for authors that are totally free!

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Settings: How to Make Yours Realistic

Settings: How to Make Yours Realistic

"Someone did something somewhere." That's every story at its most basic. The "somewhere" is setting, but "somewhere" isn't especially vivid. Here's how to make your settings feel detailed, interesting, and authentic.

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The Average Length of Books

The Average Length of Books

A guide to book length by word count for standard book genres broken down by genre. Here's why book length matters.

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How to Write a Book Description That's Right for Your Book

How to Write a Book Description That's Right for Your Book

It can feel overwhelming to capture the essence of your book in a short description, but it's important your blurb fits your genre. Here are some things to keep in mind based on an analysis of the top-selling books in multiple genres.

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The Difference Between a Villain and an Antagonist

The Difference Between a Villain and an Antagonist

Know the difference between antagonist and villain. Read this article for tips on how to use them in your story to create obstacles for your protagonist and build tension for your reader.

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What Are Red Herrings in a Mystery?

What Are Red Herrings in a Mystery?

What is a red herring in a story? This article contains tips for successful use of red herrings to confound your protagonist and your readers.

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The Top Mystery Novels Ever Written

The Top Mystery Novels Ever Written

Mystery. Suspense. Who doesn’t love a good brain twister, especially when you don’t find out until the end whodunnit? There are some big names on the list, but others might surprise you. Is your favourite yarn in there? Let’s take a look at the best 25 mysteries ever written.

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