By: Molly Greene
Are you overwhelmed with writing advice? Frustrated by ‘expert’
don’t know squat about crime-writing? Sick of literary snitches that sell
you false clues? Stuck for real leads on what makes for good blood & guts
Well, it’s up to you to solve your style, but I’ve got some solid evidence on what makes or breaks a crime-fiction story.
1. Understand what story is.
Stories are about something that happens. Pure & simple. Oh, there’s all kinds of BS out there about character-driven or plot-driven, literary or commercial, and first person vs.
omniscient crap. That’s good fodder for writing seminars, but
for the reader… it’s all about what’s happening. It’s not show vs. tell.
Readers don’t care about that and they don’t recognize a good alliteration from
a bad head-hop.
They care about what happens next. It’s not perfect
prose they’re looking for. It’s
the overall story question – What’s going to happen?
Keep your reader questioning and you’ll keep them reading to the end. And it’ll make them buy your next book. And the one after that.
So forget most of the ‘expert’ garbage and, like Stephen King says, just tell the story. And if you really want to learn something, go read Lisa Cron’s book Wired For Story. You’ll never think about stories the same way again.
2. Open with a bang or a body.
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