Maybe No One Will Notice

Maybe No One Will Notice

Photo by Bertalan SzürösDo you ever get the feeling that a scene you’re writing, just isn’t going to work? That no one would ever act this way? That no one would ever believe this outcome?Do you ever leave the questionable scene in any way because you need this event...
Turning a Terrible Truth into Compelling Fiction

Turning a Terrible Truth into Compelling Fiction

This post is about series of vicious murders, a class I conducted on how to fictionalize such horrific events, and a student who taught me something important in the process. This all took place late last month at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte...
“Showing” through Exposition: A Study

“Showing” through Exposition: A Study

photo adapted / Horia VarlanWhen writing teachers say “show, don’t tell,” they typically suggest doing so through dialogue, action, and sense imagery. Exposition, on the other hand—the writing that contextualizes the more active aspects of scene, and is often thought...