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Beginner's Guide to Writing Mystery Fiction

How to Create Captivating Crime Fiction Stories
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Created by Ms. Debbi Mack
Last updated 5/2016
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  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Outline and write a first draft of a mystery novel.
Develop a story using the three-act structure plotting method.
Create interesting characters.
Understand how to write good dialogue.
Learn the conventions of the various types of mystery sub-genres.
Gain access to resources of particular benefit to mystery writers.
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  • Students will need to have a word processing program that's capable of opening Word documents.
  • Students should have an interest in reading and writing mysteries.
  • While it is not essential, having an idea for a possible mystery will help students put the skills they gain into practice.

You will learn the basic principles of good mystery writing. If you've ever wondered how mystery authors keep their readers guessing and thought of writing a story of your own, but didn't know where to start, this is the course for you!

Learn the Basics of Writing a Great Mystery Story

  • Learn great story structure
  • Create compelling characters
  • Write dialogue that sparkles
  • Learn how to plant clues and other elements of the mystery genre in your story
  • Obtain writers' resources that mystery writers find useful

This course is on mystery fiction writing for beginners.

You'll learn this topic in a short series of video lectures, with some explanatory reading. Depending on how often one takes the lessons, the course can be finished within a week or two.

I designed this course for those who love to read mysteries and have considered writing them and are seeking guidance on how to get started. By the time you finish the course, you'll have all the basic knowledge you need to start your own mystery novel or short story.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for beginning writers only. It is not meant for those who've already successfully finished writing a mystery.
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Learn the Basics of Writing Good Mystery Fiction
6 Lectures 32:38

Introducing myself and describing the course.

Preview 07:22

This lesson covers how to create the bare bones of a story arc, i.e., how to plot a novel.

Preview 03:46

This lesson covers how to create distinctive and memorable characters in mystery fiction.

Lesson Two: Creating Memorable Characters

This lesson covers the basics of writing believable and effective dialogue.

Lesson Three: Writing Great Dialogue

Tips for planting clues, creating suspense, and adding other elements of the mystery story.

Lesson Four: Tips for Planting Clues and Creating Suspense

Lesson Five: A Few Final Thoughts
About the Instructor
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New York Times Bestselling Author and Screenwriter

Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of IDENTITY CRISIS, the first book in the Sam McRae Mystery Series, featuring Maryland lawyer-sleuth Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae. She has also written and published a young adult novel called INVISIBLE ME, a thriller called THE PLANCK FACTOR, and several short stories, one of which was nominated for a Derringer Award. Debbi has also written two feature film screenplays: one that made the 2016 Scriptapalooza semi-finals and an adaptation of her first novel. A native of Queens, NY, Debbi currently lives in Columbia, MD, with her husband and cats.

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