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Now Write! Mysteries: Suspense, Crime, Thriller, and Other Mystery Fiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers Paperback – 29 Dec 2011


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
not quite as good as Nonfiction 19 Feb 2012
By Seven Kitties - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a fan of the Now Write series in general. The concept is so solid and the contributors have been ace and you could use each book (particularly the nonfiction one) as a miniature writing course, just working through the exercises.

The bone I'd pick with this is that research is fun, but not sure it should be frontloaded as the first item in the headings. I found exploring character and relations and casting and then setting the crime to be more interesting, and to be honest, it was doing those things that made me realize WHAT I needed to research.

Then again, this isn't a 'read from a-to-z book. You're free to jump around. Some of the exercises lack a direct line to the topic: the 'sex scene' one gave good advice--It HAS to move the plot forward!--but the exercise could apply to any kind of scene at all. Which is a good exercise, but it seemed a bit out of focus to me.

All in all some gem exercises for all stages of mystery planning.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Awesome learning tool 6 Jan 2012
By Jane Grayson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was an awesome book both for seasoned as well as beginning mystery writers. I especially enjoyed the exercises at the end of each chapter. Getting advice from some of the most successful mystery authors in the business was eye-opening, even to me, a published mystery author.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
excellent exercises 2 Jan 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book of exercises for both the novice and professional writers. Established writers giving tips on their successful ways. I found them fascinating, fun and useful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More of a work book than a guide book 1 April 2014
By chaosweb - Published on Amazon.com
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A collection of short exercises from a variety of writers. Not a nuts an bolts guide, but rather thoughts and concepts that are thrown out at you, and exercises for trying your hand at it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and Useful 8 Aug 2012
By Jack Foreigner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like many other writers, I have a large collection of how-to books on the craft, and this title is one of my favorites. For one thing, it's just very interesting to see what a favorite author thinks about technique, but because each entry also concludes with writing exercises, there's a little more meat here than is the case with a lot of other books in this category. Of course, not everyone will find every piece of advice offered to be useful, but overall I really like this format. While not original, too few books on writing offer exercises, and none from such a diverse spectrum of talent within one set of covers!
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