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Get A Clue: Writing Detective Fiction

My article for Kobo Writing Life. Fun to write, fun to read!

Kobo Writing Life

By Angela Misri­, author of Jewel of the Thames

If you’re a curious person like me, you live for a good whodunit. You’re someone who actually times themself while watching an episode of Monk/Bones/Elementary for how long it takes for you to solve the case (personal record: 8 minutes in). You might even be the type who when reading a mystery novel skips ahead to the back to confirm your deductions, too impatient to actually read through all the way to the conclusion.

Ok, maybe that’s just me.

JeweloftheThamesBut, if you are in that minority of humans who enter into otherwise normal conversations with an unnatural suspicion about hidden motivations then it might be time to channel all that into a really good detective story.

Besides the usual advice for writing genre fiction – for example to voraciously read/watch as much as you can from the genre you’re trying to…

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