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How To Write A Mystery (2021)

A handbook by Mystery Writers Of America.

Seventy of the most successful mystery writers in the business answering the question: What writing advice do you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?

How to Write a Mystery continues the Mystery Writers of America tradition of helping authors tell—and sell!—their stories, from the rank beginner to the established bestseller. This all-new MWA handbook helps writers not only create timeless and compelling stories, but also navigate an ever-shifting publishing landscape. From pacing and dialogue to creating diverse characters and building reader outreach, How to Write a Mystery is a complete guide for a new generation of mystery writers. Because: “Crime doesn’t pay… enough!”

Jeffery Deaver’s essay is entitled: “Always Outline!” Click here for a complete list of contributors and essay titles.

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