Vincent O'Neil's Blog (3)

Research and Writing: It’s not just the facts after all

I’ve been writing in various genres for some time now, but only recently came to appreciate the link between research and inspiration. Yes, I know; it was probably always there, but I hadn’t really given it much thought until just a few years ago.…


Added by Vincent O'Neil on October 7, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Motivating Your Murderer: How your villain's motive can help develop the rest of your story

One of the great things about writing murder mysteries is the opportunity to imagine the mind of the villain. After all, no matter how many times we say we’d like to kill someone in real life, most of us thankfully aren’t ever going to get closer to the mindset of an actual murderer than that. So creating a realistic culprit is a true exercise in imagination, and it almost always involves the reason why the killer did it. Your villain’s motive can be a crucial element of your… Continue

Added by Vincent O'Neil on October 2, 2010 at 1:06pm — No Comments

The Mighty Tiny Tim: In Praise of the Short Story

I guest-blogged on The Stiletto Gang's website on December 17, 2009:

Recently, I had the good fortune to have two short stories included in anthologies. So when The Stiletto Gang (I have to work that name into one of my mystery novels) offered me the chance to guest blog for them, I decided to try and write something in praise of the short story.

Considering the season, I was not surprised when the image of Dickens’ Tiny Tim came to mind during my brainstorming. Not… Continue

Added by Vincent O'Neil on December 18, 2009 at 3:20am — No Comments

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