Finishing Your First Mystery

Finishing Your First Mystery: You’ve done a lot of thinking, and a lot of typing, but it isn’t a book. You know that. And you’re about to give up. Finishing a piece of crime fiction is a lot harder than you thought.

I want you to continue and this book will help you. Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Revisiting your original vision
  • Self-doubt: the universal enemy
  • Avoid calling this writer’s block
  • Confront a habit of not finishing things
  • Reviewing your structure and scenes
  • Seeing your characters a new way
  • Writing the timeline of your crime
  • Working forward & working backward
  • Writing scenes out of sequence, eg. The ending, the fight scene
  • Where to get professional help

Yes, this is more work, but it will pay off. Quoting one of my favorite writers, Neil Gaiman:

Creative work is often a slog and the only way you’ll really get good at it is to finish what you start even when it’s not going well. You’ll end up learning more from that experience than if you quit.

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