Who Killed Little Johnny Gill? by Kathryn McMaster



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Allow me to share my top ten strategies for writing crime fiction and thrillers which will please the reader and make publishers start groping for chequebooks.

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1) Know the market.
Read very widely. As much authors as possible, not as many books. If you have read one book by Patricia Cornwell or Linwood Barclay, then move ahead. You know their shtick. Determine what else is out there. Which means also reading the classics, understanding the history of the genre, and reading a good amount of fiction in translation too. What's more, it means reading the appropriate non-fiction. If you're writing political espionage thrillers, as an example, you need to know the political, military and security bacground Should you not, your readers will - and will also be caught out.

2) Understand the place that the leading edge lies.
The biggest names (eg: Coben, Rankin, Reichs) usually are not the most current. They built their reputations in years past. Try to locate the sexiest (biggest selling, most praised, state-of-the-art, prize winning) debut novels. It is precisely what editors are buying today. This is the market you're competing in.

3) Don't merely trot out the cliches.
You've got a serial killer have you? A terrorist bomb plot? Be tough yourself. These things are tired old cliches. They're able to work if you handle these questions new or dazzling way, however the old ways aren't enough.

4) Get complex. Your plot most likely needs a brain-aching level of complexity, along with a surprising number of well-planned, well-executed twists. Because modern crime authors are getting to be really good at developing complex but plausible plots, and also, since modern thriller writers have grown to be so adept at delivering a limitless chain of impossible-to-see-it-coming twists, you simply can't afford to be under devilishly clever yourself. With rare exceptions, simple no longer sells.

5) Keep with the darkness.
Your book have to be dark and tough. That's your entry ticket for the genre. What you do there might be very varied, but cute, cosy crime is a very limited market now. If you wish to write cosy crime, then expect a smaller readership and meagre sales.

6) Do not forget jeopardy.
Crime novels now can also be thrillers. It's not OK for the detective to resolve the mystery and explain everything to a hushed and respectful audience. On the contrary, (s)he's got to stay in fear of his/her life. It's got to be white knuckle as well as intellectually satisfying.

7) Pay attention to character.
Crime and thriller plots are often forgettable, and often feel very samey anyway. Characters, conversely, never leave us: Holmes, Marlowe, Elvis Cole, Hannibal Lecter. If you learn a strong character, and fit everything in else reasonably competently, then you quite likely have fiction that'll sell.

8) Write well!
Bad writing will in all probability kill your chances of success. And quite right too. You don't need to be flowery. It's necessary that you be completely competent.

9) Be economical.
Thrillers should be taut. Check your book for needless chapters, your chapters for needless paragraphs, your paragraps for needless sentences, along with your sentences for needless words. Then do all of it over again. Twice.

10) Be perfectionist.
Good isn't good enough. Dazzling may be the target. Being tough with yourself is the essential first ingredient. Getting someone else to be tough together with you is quite possibly the second.

I said ten tips, didn't I? Who cares, here's an eleventh:

11) Don't surrender.
Be persistent. You overcome doing. You'll improve. Think of building your skills, engaging with the industry, or getting editorial advice. Dozens of things will increase your maturity as a writer. Now write that thriller, polish it - and then sell it. Best of luck!