I’ve compiled links that contain everything a crime writer might need to create factually correct stories. I’ve also added in-depth craft resources, blogs, and more. Many contain information for all writers — fiction or non-fiction — regardless of genre. You can reach this resource from anywhere in the site with one click, in the main menu bar, or at the top of the page. If you find this helpful, please help spread the word. If you’d prefer to get a taste of the goodies you’ll find here, read Crime Writer’s Resource.
Homicide Detective Checklist: nmsoh.org/homicide_investigator_…
Crime Scene Forensics: crimescene-forensics.com/Crime_S…
Burglary Investigations: http://crimeandclues.com/2013/01/26/burglary-investigations/2/
Violent crime analysis — MO, signature, staging, and more: http://crimeandclues.com/2013/01/26/violent-crime-scene-analysis-modus-operandi-signature-and-staging/#more-40
Criminals — The sexual sadist: http://crimeandclues.com/2013/01/26/the-criminal-sexual-sadist/
Forensics — From determining death to crime scene analysis to rate of decomp, this site has it all: http://www.exploreforensics.co.uk/
The Writers’ Forensic Blog: writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com
FBI Information on Serial Killers: fbi.gov/stats-services/publicati…
Forensic Outreach: http://www.forensicoutreach.com/
A Simplified Guide To Forensic Documentation: http://www.forensicsciencesimplified.org/docs/how.html
FBI Forensic Ink Analysis:
Glass Fracture Patterns:
Forensic Science Simplified by D.P. Lyle, MD: http://www.forensicsciencesimplified.org/index.htm
Analyzing Ballistic Evidence: http://www.amazon.com/ANALYZING-BALLISTIC-EVIDENCE-Investigator-ebook/dp/B004YWK9Q0/
Crime Scene Investigation http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/index.html
Here’s an eye-opening post by Garry Rodgers entitled Mortis: Understanding Body Changes After Death
Everything you want to know about psychological issues, includes sections on the criminally insane. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. Psychopaths and sociopaths are lumped into one category, Antisocial Behaviors. This manual is commonly referred to as DSM-4 by psychiatrists, especially while testifying in court. Here’s the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSM-IV_codes#Dissociative_disorders
UPDATE: The DSM-5 is out. Here’s the link: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
Experts in the field willing to answer questions for crime writers, who are bestselling crime writers themselves.
Garry Rodgers, veteran mounted police/homicide detective/coroner/firearms expert: www.dyingwords.net And here’s a link to his resource page: http://dyingwords.net/crime-writing-resources/#sthash.Hla7xwP5.dpbs
Gary released How To Write Deadly Crime Fiction (<-FREE) and How to Self-Edit Deadly Crime Fiction. I edited these guides, and gave my two-cents here and there. The first guide is mainly for aspiring writers; the second guide has advice from numerous industry professionals.
Lee Lofland, veteran officer/homicide detective/K9 handler/sniper: www.leelofland.com
Criminal Justice Writers:
Crime Writers Detective – Adam (no last name – works w/Major Crimes Div.) http://www.writersdetective.com. Adam has a new 5 week course for crime writers. The first session is free: Writers Detective 5-week Course.
Need help with weapons? Ben Sobieck, author of Writers Guide to Weapons, can help. http://www.crimefictionbook.com
Did you know the FBI will help you craft believable characters, answer questions, basically assist you with anything you need? They certainly will.
And here’s the link:
Does your detective live in the UK? Here are some helpful resources you: http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/2015/11/23/researching-policing-for-crime-novels/
Writer’s Knowledge Base — A search engine for writers, links compiled by Elizabeth Spann Craig. You might have seen her Twitterific Links on Fridays. This is where those links are stored. For writers of any genre, from writing tips to getting published to promoting your book, if you’ve got a question, try here first: http://hiveword.com/wkb/search
New additions: excellent resources for writers of any genre — tips, tricks, techniques, in-depth look at the craft of storytelling, and more…
http://writeonsisters.com/ (a blog dedicated to craft)
http://colettesartor.com/writers-resources/ (this resource is chalk-full of info.)
Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to start? Bridget at Now Novel is an excellence resource, for the beginner to the seasoned. She provides tips, motivation, shares experiences on how to turn your book into a movie, anything and everything is available on her site–even Oprah stamped her approval!
Best craft books, IMO:
Story Engineering and Story Physics by Larry Brooks. His latest, Story Fix: Transform Your Story From Broken to Brilliant
Blake Synder’s Save the Cat!
How To Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell
On Writing by Stephen King
Screenwriting by Syd Field
Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell
http://www.storyfix.com (Larry Brooks’ website/blog — a must for all writers)
http://www.storygrid.com (Shawn Coyle’s website/blog — to delve deep into storytelling)
Larry Brooks’ ebookstore is now open, with craft books ranging from .99 – $2.99. To view go here: http://storyfix.com/the-storyfix-com-ebookstore
Writers Helping Writers’ Resource
Fiona Quinn’s Thrill Writing – A wealth of info. for crime writers
Struggling with understanding passive voice? I wrote a post on it. Passive Voice Unmasked!
Do you write historical fiction from the flapper era? This site is like stepping back in time: http://www.theoldshelter.com
Here are a few others that might help, too. Feel free to browse the site for more articles like these…
Make your story sizzle. Grammar Check has an excellent infograph on substitutes for boring words: http://www.grammarcheck.net/boring-words/
Because I’m slowly converting the urls on old posts, if you come across a link in one of the posts that sends you to “can’t find page,” simply type the title into the search box and you will be directed to the post. Thank you.
As new resources become available I will list them here.
[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@SueColetta1″]I used Sue Coletta’s Crime Writer’s Resource and found a wealth of information. Check it out.[/tweetthis]
If you aren’t already following this blog, subscribe to new posts in the popup.
Searching for a way to commit murder? Get your copy of 60 Ways to Murder Your Fictional Characters. <– Click for a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside.
Join the Crime Lover’s Lounge and have fun solving crime puzzles, discuss your favorite crime novels, or just hang out and chat with readers and writers. No promotion allowed unless someone specifically asks you about your book. See you there! Join here: Crime Lover’s Lounge.