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
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.
This lesson covers how to create the bare bones of a story arc, i.e., how to plot a novel.
This lesson covers how to create distinctive and memorable characters in mystery fiction.
This lesson covers the basics of writing believable and effective dialogue.
Tips for planting clues, creating suspense, and adding other elements of the mystery story.
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.