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Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden
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Dec 30, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction

This is a great book for would-be writers of any genre, though Roerden focuses on mysteries in particular. Roerden has been an editor for some three decades (or something like that) and it shows. The tone is light and lively, and the examples of good and bad writing are excellent. It's a great reference, and highlights a lot of cringeworthy writing habits.

Something to note: this may not be the best book for someone with an unfinished draft. The advice is meant for those who are in the middle of their second or third draft and trying to polish a finished work. Trying to apply Roerden's internal editor to a first draft may end up giving you writer's block.

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