Saturday, July 14, 2018

Playing with sentence length in crime fiction. Is it time to trim the fat?

Today’s post is about creating tension in crime fiction with sentence length. I look at how overwriting can mar the pace of a novel and frustrate a reader, and how less can sometimes be more.
Playing with sentence length
This post featured in Joel Friedlander's Carnival of the Indies #93
Around eighty per cent of the books that end up in my editing studio are in the crime fiction genre.

One of the most common problems I encounter is overwriting. That’s not because the authors are poor writers. It’s because they’re nervous writers.

It takes a lot of hard graft to put enough words on a page to make a book. Yet it takes an equal amount of courage to remove them ... or some of them.

‘What if the reader just doesn’t get it?’
‘What if they’ve forgotten what I told them above?’
‘What if I haven’t provided enough detail?’
‘What if I just love both ways I’ve said that?’

These are the kinds of questions that result in anxious authors bulking up their prose.

In a bid to help you trim the fat, I’m going to explore the following:
  • Trusting your reader
  • Feisty fragments and snappy shorties
  • Damage by dilution
  • Letting go of what you love
read more https://www.louiseharnbyproofreader.com/blog/playing-with-sentence-length-in-crime-fiction-is-it-time-to-trim-the-fat

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing About Acts of Violence via Michigan Murder & Mayhem #motownwriters

by Jane Friedman  

As an editor who has seen countless first pages over the years, I’m familiar with the go-to scenes (and cliches) that often end up there. Alarms buzzing, phones ringing, and sun shining through the bedroom window make for common and often boring openings. In an effort to avoid that everyday boredom, some writers end up on the other extreme: sexual violence, murders, fatal car wrecks. They can pose some of the same problems—because they’re used so often and without distinction.
In the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, writer Kim Brooks discusses how her creative writing students have been producing stories with shootings, stabbings, overdoses, and other TV-inspired physical insults. When she asks her students to avoid adding to the body count, their response: “Violence is interesting.”

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist…So Much We Take For Granted* (via Michigan Murder & Mayhem) #MotownMoxie #Motownwriters #Michiganwriters

I’ll bet you’ve had this experience. You walk into a room, flick the light switch, and… nothing happens. Or you click to get online, only to get the message that there is no Internet connection. It’s a bit of a jolt when that sort of thing happens. Part of the reason is, of course, that you’re annoyed when the electricity, or the hot water, or the Internet, or…. isn’t available. But another part of it is that we take a lot of those things for granted. When something we take for granted suddenly isn’t there, this can be quite a jolt.
That jolt’s irritating at best in real life. But it can add interesting tension and even suspense to a crime novel. And the way in which characters cope with those jolts can add character depth.


Monday, May 21, 2018

What Exactly is a Cozy Mystery?

read more http://www.thepassivevoice.com/what-exactly-is-a-cozy-mystery/

Link to the rest at Publishers Weekly
PG hadn’t checked on the mystery categories on Amazon lately. When he did, he discovered more than one cozy mystery listing.
Cozy mystery readers seem to enjoy titles with a pun.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Michigan Sisters in Crime Presents a Forensic Handwriting Seminary May19th @Mi_Sinc Metro #Detroit


On May 19, Ruth Holmes, a certified forensic handwriting examiner, will discuss the process of examining handwriting to determine the identity and psychological characteristics of crime suspects. 

"People are what they write. The brain does the writing; the hand responds to what it's asked to do," says Holmes, CDE, president of Pentec, Inc.


On Saturday, May 19, she will discuss how she's helped police and the criminal justice system solve crimes through forensic handwriting analysis. She frequently assists the Oakland County Sheriff's Department and Office of the Prosecutor and serves as an expert witness in major trials.
 
Both Michigan Sisters in Crime members and non-members are invited to join us at 10:30 on May 19 in Troy. Event cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Pizza lunch included. Click on the following link for more information and to register.


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

upcoming Event: #AWAOA #Detroit USING BLOGS & BOOKS TO ROCK YOUR LITERARY CAREER Facilitated by @SylviaHubbard April17th


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April 17th with Aspiring Writers Associations of America – Detroit Chapter as I facilitate a workshop on
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Meeting Location at:
7 W. Square Lake Road at Woodward
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
The general public and attend one meeting free. If they join it’s only $10 a month.
For more information about membership to AWAOA please go to AWAOA.com


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

upcoming Event: #AWAOA #Detroit USING BLOGS & BOOKS TO ROCK YOUR LITERARY CAREER Facilitated by @SylviaHubbard April17th


JOIN US
April 17th with Aspiring Writers Associations of America – Detroit Chapter as I facilitate a workshop on
USING BLOGS & BOOKS TO ROCK YOUR LITERARY CAREER
Meeting Location at:
7 W. Square Lake Road at Woodward
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
The general public and attend one meeting free. If they join it’s only $10 a month.
For more information about membership to AWAOA please go to AWAOA.com

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