How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Eight: A Crime Fiction Writing Checklist

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Eight: A Crime Fiction Writing Checklist Now that we’ve gone through the essential elements that make a successful crime novel, here is a checklist to keep you on the path to success: Analyse novels you’ve enjoyed to try to see why you did. Pay particular attention to the first three […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Six: Forensics

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Six: Forensics As a writer, getting the crime scene and the procedural of the police right is obviously a priority for your novel. In this section we look at ways and means of getting the forensics right and how, police divisions within the UK and how to kill […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Seven: Tips for Better Writing

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Seven: Tips for Better Writing   Using Maps and Sketches for Better Writing Sketches of key locations and interiors are a safeguard against mistakes and sometimes suggest plot developments. When you write that Fred escaped through the bathroom window at the rear of the manor house and ran […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip Five: Openings and Hooks

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip Five: Openings and Hooks   Your opening is your selling point for your crime novel. It needs to grab the reader’s attention by presenting to him/her something unusual or tantalising! We call this THE HOOK! Examples of Starting a Crime Novel with Good Hooks: In The Talented Mr […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Four: Whose Point of View?

No matter what the genre, including crime fiction, we need to decide when writing, who will be telling the story. This is known as the viewpoint. The Point of View (POV) At this stage, it is necessary to decide from whose angle the story is to be told. This makes a material difference to the […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip Three: Creating Those Characters

t’s not only a question of the artist looking into himself but also of his looking into others with the experience he has of himself . He writes with sympathy because he feels that the other man is like him.Georges Simenon Although you may prefer a quiet place where you can sit with your notebook […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip Two: Definitions of What Crime Fiction Is

Let’s start at the beginning by asking ourselves the questions: what is crime fiction and why choose to write it? The first question is perhaps the simplest of the two. What is Crime Fiction? Crime fiction is a genre of fiction which deals with crime. Obvious? It may be, but if we explore a little […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip One: How to Begin

Here is the scenario. You have read crime fiction for some years. You have watched and enjoyed crime series on TV and you think you might write a best selling crime novel — or even series! What exactly do you need to know before you start your first novel? What Makes a Book a Best […]