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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Inspired by Eliot Pattison

John here, filling in for another member who is on the road today. If you’ve ever played an old fashioned pinball machine, the random path the ball takes during a game is akin to the way circumstances lead us to … Continue reading

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Watch Your Language!

Kate Flora here, hoping I’ll write something today that will interest you. I had grand plans to continue my “little black book” series with a post about structure, but I was behind on my homework, it’s nearly time to start dinner, … Continue reading

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