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|What's the difference between writing a straight novel and writing mystery? According to P.D. James, not much. " A first class |[pic] |
|mystery should also bea first class novel," she says. However, if you aspire to write great mysteries, there are important | |
|conventions, and who better to learn them fromthan a master? Keep reading to find out what P.D. James' best advice is. | |
|1. Center your mystery| |
|"No matter what, there should indeed be a mystery at the heart of the novel," says James."Usually, there is a murder, a closed | |
|circle of suspects with means, motive and opportunity for the crime and a detective, either amateur or professional,who comes in | |
|like an avenging deity to solve it." ||
|She also emphasizes the importance of structure. "I always know the end of the mystery before I begin to write. Tension should be ||
|held within the novel and there should be no longuers of boring interrogation. | |
|2. Studyreality | |
|Once you've plotted you're novel, thenext step is to make it come to life, and James admits it is "more difficult (comparatively)| |
|to combine a credible puzzle with a setting which comes...
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