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Ten Top Tips for Crime Writers

Scarlett Brodie

For the last few weeks I’ve been completely rewriting a novel of mine which has been languishing in a drawer (actually on a memory stick). I’m always trying to improve what I write, read other authors and move forward. I’m rewriting with some key tips in mind, a sort of amalgamation of ideas which I thought I’d share. I’d love to know what other crime writers think. Anyway here goes.

  1. Write an exciting beginning which plunges straight into the story and doesn’t explain too much! ( I had to rewrite mine completely)
  2. Try to put in content, facts, interesting observations that you have never read in another novel. ( Harder than it seems I know but think about what you know. What is your own USP, something that you know about that other people don’t? Why not use it?
  3. Be complex, the plot can be fiendish but you also need…

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