Is your protagonist a former spy on the run from the government? An intrepid reporter who sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong? Guns often play a major role in contemporary fiction, especially in genres like mystery or suspense.
So how do you portray guns accurately? How do you avoid clichés and misconceptions? This primer will help you get started, covering basic terminology while debunking things you may have “learned” from the big screen.
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So you want to write about money – or rather, someone who commits crime for money. Where do you start?
Financial crime, or the fraudulent acquisition of property belonging to someone else, is a vast topic. We don’t read novels to learn about suspicious anomalies on the company balance sheet – if we’re not careful, dialogue can morph into info-dump, and characters can be dwarfed by organisations and governments.
So how do we avoid this? How do we strike the right balance between “too little” and “too much” information?
Continue reading Financial Crime for Writers: An Overview
Shakespeare’s Macbeth contains all the ingredients of good crime fiction. It has a murderer, means, motive, opportunity, and alibis, all interwoven into a tension filled storyline. Most importantly, it delves into the soul of a man who has committed such a wicked crime. Continue reading Portraying a Murderer: 4 Lessons from Macbeth
“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”
When staring at a blank sheet of paper, write down this timeless advice from G. K Chesterton’s detective story, The Blue Cross. Notice how the criminal comes first, then the detective. Given the truckloads of crime novels cramming every bookshop, it’s easy to fall back on tried and tested templates, even clichés. We forget why crime fiction has become a timeless genre – not because of our dishevelled detectives, but because someone is driven to crime. That should be our focus. Continue reading 4 Methods to Make Your Crime Fiction Stand Out
Do you love crime fiction? I do. The thrill of the chase, the use of cold logic, and the moral triumph of catching the villain have hooked me since childhood. Whilst other kids were into Harry Potter, I was swallowing The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Somewhere along the line, in a fit of bravado, I thought, I can write this.
Continue reading Primer for Crime: 3 Essential Steps For New Crime Writers