I’m working my way through James N. Frey’s “How to Write a Damn Good Mystery (St. Martin’s Press),” taking notes while I read. The book could be considered a course for those who enjoy working at your own pace.
A fellow writer, Joan Edwards, suggested his work, praising his user-friendly guides were more than the usual fast-read. She’s absolutely right: he offers step-by-step practical pointers. Readers follow him through an idea to the birth of the mystery plot, to the final triumphant catch: the murderer is revealed!
While I often use character biographies to create 3-D people, Frey offers a different take, one that is useful for main characters and those appearing in only one scene: journaling in that characters voice. This method allows an author to round out those rough edges that may not be visible with a bio.
I’ll begin Chapter 15 tomorrow, catch ya’ll at the end. Meantime, write well and write often! 🙂