Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Chicken or the Egg? Character or Plot?

James Hayman:  As I start my fourth novel, tentatively titled The Crossing, I’ve been thinking a lot more about the importance of McCabe’s character to the flow of the story.  About how everything he does is driven by his sense … Continue reading

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Tips on Research: Painless Research

I know. I know. You just read one of my “Tips on Research” posts a couple of days ago. But Lea is under the weather, so you’re stuck with me again and another installment of my irregular series of posts on … Continue reading

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Three Types of Writers

Does anyone else have on their reference shelf a useful how-to book, published in 1986, titled Writing the Modern Mystery, by Barbara Norville? I’m not even sure where I found mine, but the other day I was flipping through it … Continue reading

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And This is For the Title

Kieran Shields here, checking in for my first time on Maine Crime Writers.  I haven’t written many blogs, essays, or anything of this sort. Whenever I do, I’m always troubled by the image of a tree falling in the woods, … Continue reading

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Tips on Research: Evaluating a Secondary Source

Welcome to the next installment of my irregular series of tips for writers. The material that follows is adapted from How To Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past (Perseverance Press, 2008) by Kathy … Continue reading

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