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The essential handbook for writers of whodunits, techno- thrillers, cozies, and everything in between-featuring never-before- published personal writing exercises from some of today's bestselling and award-winning mystery writers.

Now Write! Mysteries, the fourth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing guide series, brings together numerous bestselling authors-includin
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2011 by Tarcherperigee
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Liz Lipperman
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome book both for a seasoned as well as a beginning mystery author. I especially enjoyed the exercises at the end of each chapter. Getting writing advice from some of the most successful mystery authors in the business was eye-opening, even to me, a published mystery author.
Liz Fenwick
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are some brilliant essays and writing exercises in this book. I don't write...mysteries, crime or thrillers but I do want to write page turning books and this book contains different views on how to achieve's a good book to dip in and out of...
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't sure if I would like the format. Each "chapter" is written by a different author and is usually a couple pages of advice on a particular subject followed by an exercise. I thought maybe the book would be nothing but writing exercises with little in the way of guidance, but that's really not the case. It's about half & half, which works out pretty well. The fact that the advice is coming from published authors is extremely helpful. Plus you're getting advice from many people ins ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I like that the "chapters" are so short-- I am picking out a few of them to show to my students when we write fiction in the fall. Varying difficulty level, but I appreciated the concise and practical ones.
Thomas Edmund
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-on-writing
Now Write! Mysteries provides a whopping ~350 pages of exercises on writing mysterious, thrillers and crime fiction, that are bound to improve your writing, spark creativity and move your manuscript further towards brilliance.

Unfortunately the contributors were also allowed a page or two of explanation before each exercise, which tended to err towards autobiography (not why I read the book) and discussion of the authors own work (only slightly helpful.) Eventually these parts simply blurred into
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great advice and exercises on writing. Applicable to all kinds of fiction.
David Burnham
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An educational read. Well worth the time spent reading this book.
Lissa Johnston
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great info. Resulted in twenty pages of handwritten notes. Looking forward to the Screenwriting and Fiction books in this series.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very good text with a bunch of essays and exercises from notable authors and teachers. I felt it was a little dry to read for long periods of time, though.
Alexander Shay
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing
Some of the exercises were actually quite useful. I haven't even done any yet and I already have some more ideas for my current novel and a more solid frame work for it. However, a lot of the essays, if not the exercises themselves, were quite similar and repetitive, particularly regarding the importance of setting and "show, don't tell." While I highly agree that both of these are important, considering the number of authors contributing to this work, I was hoping for a more diverse range of to ...more
Elizabeth Hein
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers, mystery writers
Shelves: craft-books, dcpl, mystery
I picked up Now Write! Mysteries while browsing the stacks in my local public library. The collection of advice from different mystery and thriller authors is varied and chock full of useful advice. I like to start my writing day with a bit of reading, and this book was perfect for that purpose. Each of the chapters takes only a few minutes to read and has useful exercises to illustrate the authors point. If you are looking for concise, actionable advice on how to improve your mystery writing, t ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first Rick Mofina thriller that I have read, and I enjoyed it so much that I wrote him a note to tell him so. I love mysteries and thrillers and his pacing was great in the book. He has crafted a fast tale with interesting characters, that you can keep up with, and unlike other mysteries you don't jump too far ahead of the narrators to solve the problem. He did throw a few curves in the ending and I really enjoyed that. David Morrell also endorsed him and I enjoy his writing as well, ...more
Jennifer Worrell
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft
Great book for all writers, not just mystery writers. Lots of good essays on writing in general, and even those that focus on mystery/thriller/suspense have takeaways that can apply to most genres. The essays are short and there is an exercise with each.
Blair Hodgkinson
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent installment in the "Now Write!" series with even more exercises to help develop writing skills.
Brandon Patton
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very informative, more interested in the latest in the series on science fiction and fantasy.
Carolyn Page
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
These are great exercises and prompts. It's one of those books that I intend to revisit once my other projects are finished.
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Sherry Ellis was a writer, social worker, writing coach, and the originator of the Now Write! series of writing exercise books. She edited Now Write!, Now Write! Nonfiction, and coedited Now Write! Screenwriting with her niece, Laurie Lamson. Her author interviews were published in literary magazines and are anthologized in Illuminating Fiction. She passed away during the process of putting togeth ...more

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