Pets: Ways to Include Animals to Enhance Your Fictional World

Using fictional pets in writing

I love writing pets into my stories. Not only is a great way to show a killer’s soft side, but they become important family members for the main characters. In my stories, I’ve used a Rottweiler, mastiff, and St. Bernard (MARRED and CLEAVED), a calico, tabby, and all-black cat (Wings…

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9 Ways To Build Suspense ~ Fiction Writing

9 Ways to Build Suspense

Last month, Staci Troilo wrote a fantastic post for Story Empire about four elements of a horror story. Which inspired this post. (UPDATE: This post inspired another Story Empire post. This time by Craig Boyack. Be sure to check it out!) I don’t write horror. Many readers think I do. But…

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Tips to Writing a Sequel

Lately I’ve been scarce. I’ve locked myself away to write two sequels, CLEAVED and BLESSED MAYHEM, prepare for the debut of Partners In Crime on Oct. 18th;, help promote a new anthology, RUN—now available for pre-order for only 99c—continue to market my books, as well as the paperback of MARRED,…

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Fingerprints: Points, Type, and Classification — #2016WPA

Fingerprints

The Writers’ Police Academy is by far the best conference I’ve ever attended. While there, I could hardly wait to share all the things I learned with you. In today’s post, let’s look at fingerprints. My instructor was an incredible teacher, but it’s a difficult field to grasp in a short…

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Crime Writing: Scene Structure and MRUs in Action

Crime writing: scene structure and MRUs

I’ve veered away from writing tips on this blog; there are far better teachers out there and a gazillion writing blogs. But lately, several writers have asked me how to write thrillers and mysteries that are nearly impossible to put down. *blush* I hate hearing that, don’t you? LOL My answer is always: study…

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Talking Crime with Detective (Ret.) Kim McGath

Talking crime with Detective (Ret.) Kim McGath

I sat down with my dear friend, Detective (Ret.) Kim McGath, to talk crime, writing, police procedure, and how to best make our stories ring true. Some of you may remember Kim from her guest post, Who Is The Zodiac Killer? As you follow along, you’ll see how valuable a conversation with…

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Profiling 101: Breeding Monsters Among Mankind

Profiling 101: Breeding Monsters Among Mankind

I’m thrilled to have my buddy David Villalva here today. Some of you might know him from Story and Craft (now called www.davidvillalva.com). If you don’t follow his blog, I highly recommend it. David has a fantastic way of making you laugh out loud as he teaches the craft of storytelling. This post is classic David.…

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Thriller Structure In TV: Scorpion

Have you ever watched the show Scorpion? Whether you like it or not, you can’t overlook its perfect thriller structure. It’s a quirky, yet heart-thumping, series about five geniuses who contract their services with the FBI. In every episode they get themselves into a world of hurt, but also end up victorious.…

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More Cop Slang & Fed Lingo

Police and Fed Terms for Crime Writers

I swear I haven’t abandoned you. I’ve been learning exciting new stuff, which I’ll share soon. In the meantime, here’s some fun cop slang and Fed lingo for your enjoyment and/or to use in your stories. Street Cop Lingo Suicide Strap: Narrow leather strap passing diagonally over the right shoulder connected to…

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Tips To Tighten Our Writing

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In a previous post I talked about Show, Don’t Tell in the narrative. Today, I’d like to expand on that as well as show a few ways to tighten our writing. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful in your work. I’m one of those crazy people who enjoy editing. Once we learn what to look for, it…

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