|Although all my paid writing is non-fiction, I
have a secret desire to write some sort of mystery or thriller -
you know, with a heroine of a certain age... I even have a couple
of plot devices.
Frey's How to Write a Damn Good Mystery may actually help me
get this dream accomplished. It's the kind of step-by-step I seem
to need. More to the point for me, Frey spends a lot of time on
plot... what a plot is, how it goes together... stuff like that.
For example, the title of Chapter 9, although long, sums up an
attitude I probably need:
....How to get out of the way and let the characters tell
In a nutshell, that sums up many of my plotting problems - now
if I can actually put his advice into action!
He also addresses other subjects of interest, including a
fairly successful attempt to explain why readers like me love the
genre, creating characters that sell, finding markets and
agents...and what the writing life may be like if you're
The book is well worth it for any would be mystery writer.
Buy How to Write a Damn Good Mystery Now!