Jim Courter
  • Male
  • Macomb, IL
  • United States

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Jim Courter replied to Vixen Black's discussion How to write a crime scene
"As with characters, main and otherwise, provide enough detail and description to give readers a sense of orientation and perspective. But allow readers to use their imagination. Don't overdo it with extreme detail and description. Try for what…"
Jul 25, 2013
Jim Courter replied to Benjamin Sobieck's discussion What a Novella Is and Isn't
"In my sore experience, as the author of three literary mysteries that I guess are novellas by word count, a novella is what a magazine won't take because it's too long and what a book publisher won't take because it's too…"
Jul 25, 2013
Jim Courter replied to Jude Hardin's discussion How Much Do You Put Out?
"This raises the question of what constitutes a body of words--draft quality or polished? I'm an endless reviser, and the thousand words I might put down (by longhand) might, in subsequent days or even weeks, become a mere couple of hundred…"
Feb 20, 2013
Jim Courter is now a member of CrimeSpace
Dec 21, 2012

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Macomb, IL
About Me:
I'm a writer and a former writing instructor at Western Illinois University, where I taught freshman composition for 25 years. I'm married with two children. I sometimes like to joke that I'm the best writer in America that no one has ever heard of.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Ross Macdonald
Robert B. Parker
Charles Portis
Rex Stout
Georges Simenon
John Barth
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Bourne series, Collateral and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford are typical of what I like in films.
As for TV, I like PBS's Masterpiece Mystery, especially Sherlock and Inspector Lewis.

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