Archive for February 2022

Why go on writing about mystery-writing now?

Why go on writing about mystery-writing now?
The world is very different from the way it was just last week. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is being talked about as the largest military action in Europe since World War II. But my most recent post was part of my series on the book “How to Write a Mystery.” My next one will... Read more »

How to Write a Mystery: Outline, No Outline, or What?

How to Write a Mystery: Outline, No Outline, or What?
When you’re ready to write something, whether it’s a blog post, a novel, or something in between, do you start with an outline? Or can you make a writing journey without a map, trusting your ability to get and idea and capture it? Or are you somewhere in between? That’s where I am, in between.... Read more »

How to Write a Mystery: Good Tips, Small Essays

The Mystery Writers of America handbook, “How to Write a Mystery,” contains essays from various writers — and of various lengths. Highlights of some short advice seem like good topics tonight. Beth Amos contributed two sentences. The second one is “The pace of suspense should be a roller-coaster ride — first the build-up, then the... Read more »
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ChicagoNow's Best Posts of January 2022

Every month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to find the best posts that appear on ChicagoNow.com during that month. Of the more than 500 posts that appeared on ChicagoNow.com during January 2022, here are the 20 judged to be the best. All is Well Cold Weather Fitness Tips The Amused Curmudgeon IMAGINARY TRUMP BIOGRAPHIES BY FAMOUS... Read more »