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Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero [Kindle Edition]

Jaqueline Girdner , Ronald Hudson - Fotolia.com
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How to find material for murder mysteries under your very nose. USA Today Bestselling mystery author Jaqueline Girdner offers some ideas on harvesting a bumper crop of potential fictional homicides.

"I've always heard you should write what you know. I just take it a little further; I kill what I know. Every experience I've ever had is possible fodder for murder. And I've had a lot of experience: as a divorce lawyer, as a psychiatric aide in a mental hospital, and as a small-business owner. And of course, as a writer."


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  • File Size: 174 KB
  • Print Length: 9 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z32D0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,828 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a book... it's a promo... May 6, 2012
By Steve
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First off, this is not a book. It's an article reprinted from a previous publication. That is not to say the piece is not well written, it is and it has good advice for new and aspiring writers scattered in among the self-serving promotion. I know authors are in the business (or should be) to make some money from their labors, but seriously, if one is going to promote ones own works as this one does, it belongs on the author's blog page. On the other hand, Ms. Girdner is a lawyer by training, and I've never known lawyers to give anything away. Glad this one was offered free... I'd have hated to pay for the advice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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As a newbie to fiction writing I'm still learning to see people, objects and situations in my world as story fodder. After reading Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, I'm understanding how to view life with my writers contact lenses on and my headphones off. The mom on the playground who always seems to be sarcastically growling at her kids, was just a mean mom yesterday. Today she might be the Jerk in my story! I feel like I just learned a brand new game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth having, and I got it for free! December 5, 2012
By Ell Bee
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There's a reason this book is free on Kindle. It's not worth anything.

If I had one single cent for every published writer who thinks that simply outlining what works for them is enough to teach others to write just as well as they do (however well that may be), I'd have a lot of money. If I had a penny for every one that was worth even a little bit, I might have $47.34. Not a cent of it would have come from this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it July 11, 2012
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I cannot recommend this book (or article if you wan't to be picky) enough.

As a budding author, this book informed me and inspired me at the same time, while also providing an entertaining read. I laughed out loud at some parts of the book.

The author's suggestion to be on the alert in your day to day life for "Jerks" is a great idea. And then having found your "jerks" you get to weave them into your novels as either the criminal or the victim. Love it!

I find that I now look forward to being jostled in queues, messed around by annoying call centre operators, or cut off by bad drivers in traffic. These "jerks", don't know it but they have just made themselves prime candidates to meet a grisly fate in my next novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more than an article December 17, 2012
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The content here isn't bad, but I feel like it's far too short to be a standalone book. Not only is it a mere 8 pages, but the last 2 pages are an author bio. I agree completely with the reviewer who said this should be a blog post or article, NOT a book.

As for the content itself, I wouldn't call it bad, but I wouldn't say it's outstanding, either. It's very shallow, even for an article, and the whole thing can be summarized as, "Authors should leave the house and pay attention to people around him (or her). Jerks suck, but watch them closely because they can be great inspiration for your stories." There you go, I just saved you the trouble of downloading it to your Kindle and later deleting it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing September 23, 2012
By amariel
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This is a short article that leaves much to be desired. I purchased it hoping for some good advice about how to write villains, but it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I didn't find it helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The only small positive is that it's free June 16, 2014
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Even with it being free, it was an entire waste of time -- albeit a short one. I can summarize the whole thing for you in three little sentences:
1. Write what you know and do a lot of observing.
2. Place yourself in the minds of your characters.
3. Read ALL of my books, as I don't make a lot of money.

She deliberately won't even mention which piece of inspiration went with which book, apparently in the hopes we'll buy all of them. (Not kidding. She says that in as many words, beginning this article with a gripe about how "criminally little" she earns as a writer.)

There you go. That's the wisdom, given with the hopes it will inspire you to read the author's books. It's a promotional article with little else, written as if we're all in junior high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I got this little short story for free on Amazon kindle. It's basically a reprint of an article from some writing journal or other about where the author finds inspiration for the villains she then knocks off in her stories and the heinous circumstances of their deaths, but it is information I haven't encountered before and it's opened my eyes for a whole new avenue for creating mayhem in my own novels. Thanks for the freebie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew?
I have a whole new take on the dynamics of villainy after reading "Meet a Jerk...." Enlightening. A quick read with a well defined point.
Published 3 months ago by Jiivanii Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Take
I really liked this article. Although I write in a different genre (vampire erotica, completing first book) I have ideas for murder mysteries. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jana Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but lovely
Reading this just made me want to pick up all the other books by this author. This writing illustrates how writing voice can suck in a reader more than the content.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting article re: villains, heroes
I enjoyed, adequately, reading Jacqueline Girdner's approach to discovering characterization for her villains and heroes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars He just needed killing...well, on paper at least
The author of this article shares her thoughts about finding villains in real life and about the victims who kill them, or want to. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ralph E. Vaughan
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed more like a rant than a villain how to
This book was just okay. It seemed far more like a rant about someone who pissed the author off than a guide on how to write 3 dimensional villains.
Published 7 months ago by Avid Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars A really bad book!
This book offers no worthwhile advice on writing. All the book offers is brief descriptions of things people have done, making them "jerks" and claims she killed them off on paper... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Different take on villains. I'm a murder mystery writer, and I appreciate a little different perspective...gives me all sorts of ideas.
Published 9 months ago by Teikvah
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read!
I gave it 4 stars because the book was a fun read. The author knows her stuff. Definitely worth the money.
Published 11 months ago by kitagoodgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
While I didn't learn anything new, I found myself reminded to keep my senses open at all times. Sometimes, when stumped or lacking inspiration, all we need to do is use what's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Heather Rexon-Capewell
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