- File Size: 814 KB
- Print Length: 34 pages
- Publisher: Pertinacity Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UVYTBKU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Plotting Your First Mystery: A practical guide to plotting your first mystery and all its twists and turns Kindle Edition
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Most of learning to write (and I've been doing it for a living for 30 years) is about getting a sore butt--you simply can't skip that part. It takes sitting and trying and thinking and rethinking. And you have to learn to make decisions and (for the time being, at least) live with them. Just allow yourself the time to make the mistakes. As Mr. Preston points out, you'll end up down a lot of dead ends but you will find your way back out.
I think both of the books I've read are worthwhile, so I would suggest buying them both. But I have to say I think, because of the issues I'm trying to resolve, this was the more useful of the two.
By the way, I don't know the author and have never had any contact with her. This is a 100% unsolicited review.
The author writes "There is a formula to writing a mystery or a whodunit." but then she doesn't go on to tell us what this formula is. She suggests outlining techniques like indexing and storyboarding but doesn't take us through an example of how that would help the newbie writer to get a solid mystery plot going. She suggests writing the plot backwards but how exactly do you do this? Throughout the book there's no step by step example on how anything is done or how anything would work. She writes that she doesn't "seem to be a natural outliner" and that she finds outlining "too frustrating" and she says in answer to the question "where do you start?" that "You start at the beginning few pages or even the first chapter." But what does that mean? If you don't have a book there is no beginning or first chapter. How do you know where to start them?
She does mention some classic story structure about halfway through the book but it's just what can be found in other books on the subject and she doesn't take us through this structure with an example of how it would be done or even how it relates specifically to the mystery story. Without a step by step example it's little help.
I wanted help on how to plot a mystery and this book's title was encouraging but the information in this book is very basic, not at all specific to the question of how to write a mystery, and there are no examples of how we move from go to whoa to achieve a decent mystery plot.