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The Good Old Stuff

When I started to get seriously interested in mysteries, I wanted to read everything. I knew that wasn't possible, of course, but I made a…

Started by Bill Crider

21 Mar 31, 2007
Reply by Ron Smyth


I'm working on a short story right now in which the protagonist's self delusion is an important part of the story's irony and resolution. S…

Started by p. b. smith

1 Mar 30, 2007
Reply by Laura Benedict


Christa Miller brought up a good point earlier, that writers are sometimes like method actors. We try to get inside our characters' heads,…

Started by Jude Hardin

15 Mar 30, 2007
Reply by Jude Hardin

Writing or rewriting?

Charles Willeford died 19 years ago yesterday (March 27), so I found myself reading bits of Don Herron's excellent Willeford bio. A piece o…

Started by Duane Swierczynski

29 Mar 30, 2007
Reply by JackBludis

I posted this as a blog post, but...

used to read the Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes. That inspired my love of mysteries. But I'm realizing more and more that after elementary…

Started by Dave White

2 Mar 28, 2007
Reply by Dave White

Writing Naked

I can’t remember the exact age this happens--probably 3 or 4--but at some point we all become aware of our nakedness. It’s no longer all ri…

Started by Jude Hardin

15 Mar 28, 2007
Reply by Jude Hardin

Keeping the Backstory Dynamic

In trying to write my first novel, I find keeping the back story from lapsing into a dull narrarive is difficult. I am trying to keep the b…

Started by Patricia Abbott

16 Mar 28, 2007
Reply by Jannie Balliett


This is all about the voice. When you write in first person, you're telling that story from one character's point of view, in that characte…

Started by David Terrenoire

27 Mar 28, 2007
Reply by Christa Faust

Starting Dark

My writing group read the first two chapters of my WIP and agreed that I was starting from such a dark place that they would expect the boo…

Started by Patricia Abbott

15 Mar 27, 2007
Reply by Patricia Abbott

Short Stories into Film

Which of your short stories do you think would make a good film (long or short)? How about a short story by another author? Why?

Started by Frank Zafiro

10 Mar 26, 2007
Reply by Donna Moore


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