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Writing Virgin
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Hi everyone. I'm in the middle of writing my first Detective/Crime Novel. I'm up to just under 26,000 words. Does anyone have any useful hints or tips on putting your first novel together?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gavin Woods Dec 14, 2015.

 

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Gavin Woods replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"Thanks Jed. I'm over 80,000 now and the story completed in theory. Just going to check that it all holds up."
Dec 14, 2015
Jed Power replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"I'm working on novels 6 & 7 and all have been just a bit over 70,000. I like that 70-75,000 word range for a few reasons--it feels right, looks right, that's the length I enjoy reading most in crime fiction, and the publishing…"
Dec 14, 2015
Gavin Woods replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"Hi. Just to update I'm up to 80,000 words on my debut novel. I'm just wondering is the minimum 80,000 or 90,000 words? I've heard both mentioned."
Dec 14, 2015
Gavin Woods replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Haha! Cheers Craig."
Sep 30, 2015
Gavin Woods replied to J. F. Juzwik's discussion Is it necessary to 'like' your characters?
"I go wit that. Some of the characters I've written aren't meant to be likeable (especially the bad guys) but I'd like to think they are rounded enough for people to identify with them. I like the sense of vulnerability that they have.…"
Sep 28, 2015
Gavin Woods replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Have you read 'Gone Girl'? Just curious to know what it's about and if its worth a read."
Sep 27, 2015
Gavin Woods posted a status
"Hi. It's been a while. Just to let you know I'm almost 56,500 words into my first novel. This is the most I've ever written!"
Sep 27, 2015
Gavin Woods posted a status
"For those of you who are interested, I'm now over 45,000 words into my first novel and I've got ideas down on paper for quite a few more."
Apr 19, 2015
Dan L. Coleman replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"Yes, just keep writing until you're finished."
Oct 31, 2014
I. J. Parker replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"There are many types of detective stories. Chandler will help if you are writing a Chandler-type book."
Oct 28, 2014
Rick Taylor replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"As you're writing a Detective story Raymond Chandler is perfect reading, especially if you're wanting to establish a distinctive and stylised voice. His work has been a massive inspiration for my own, though my story is a street gang noir…"
Oct 28, 2014
Dana King replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"I forget who said this (might have been William Goldman), but it has been said by someone a lot smarter than me that "writing is re-writing."  So, you've got that part figured out already. Well done."
Oct 28, 2014
Mark Roope replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"I too am writing my first book and I am now starting to come to the end of my first draft.  What I am beginning to realise is that this first draft is not so much the story I am going to finish with but more of a very detailed outline. I think…"
Oct 26, 2014
Gavin Woods and Victoria Dougherty are now friends
Oct 24, 2014
Victoria Dougherty left a comment for Gavin Woods
"I love Ken Bruen, Matt Beyton Rees, PD James - Dashiell Hammett as far as classic detective stories go. Hope you like those. And good luck on your novel. The first is always a long slog."
Oct 24, 2014
Gavin Woods left a comment for Victoria Dougherty
"Hi Victoria. I'm in the middle of writing my first novel. I've just started reading some Raymond Chandler. Which other Noir/Detective novels do you recommend?"
Oct 24, 2014

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Aigburth
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I'm currently writing my first novel (so any help and advice would be most appreciated). I love most forms of lierature but mystery and detective novels are my favourites.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Stephen King, James Patterson, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, Linda La Plante, Graham Green, Charles Dickens

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At 4:43am on October 24, 2014, Victoria Dougherty said…

I love Ken Bruen, Matt Beyton Rees, PD James - Dashiell Hammett as far as classic detective stories go. Hope you like those. And good luck on your novel. The first is always a long slog.

 
 
 

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