Forensics: The Research Tools Every Writer Needs

A staple location in any mystery is the crime scene. You know, the one where cops and forensic scientists take photos and collect evidence. It’s that evidence that helps our detective crack the case. In other words, forensics are integral to any mystery or crime novel. The only problem is that the task of collecting and analyzing […]

How to Write a Blood-Pumping Crime Novel

The crime novel and mystery genre go hand in hand when talking about murder mysteries and detectives. But are they really? Like most literary genres, there are nuanced differences between a detective story or crime fiction. It’s not all about capturing the bad guy, but more about why he turned to a life of crime. It’s these […]

How to Write a Well-Researched Police Procedural

The police procedural is a subgenre of the mystery novel. It has been around since the 1940s, and it’s based on what the police do daily. To say that this is a mildly popular subgenre is a bit of an understatement. It has infiltrated not only the mystery genre but also Hollywood. There are countless TV shows […]

Red Herring: A Literary Device or an Aquatic Animal?

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I always think of the fish when the term red herring comes up in conversation. The stupid thing is herrings are more of a silvery-blue type color, not red. But I digress. We’re not here to talk about fish, we’re here to talk about writing. The funny […]

How to Write a Suspenseful, Gripping Thriller

The Thriller – a Michael Jackson award-winning song and music video or a beloved genre of twists and turns? Luckily, the answer is yes to both. And the music video contains some of the elements that we enjoy in a good thriller, like plot twists, a fast pace, and tension. Thrillers are meant to thrill […]

The Mystery Genre: It’s More than a Detective Story

A mystery is about getting to the truth of something, or a version of the truth that we can stomach. It’s what has held us captivated for years – this idea of truth. It’s why we’re drawn to Netflix documentaries like Making a Murderer or Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. We want to know why […]