Dramaquill's All Things Writing

January 21, 2013

Genre Writing Blogs – Suspense

It’s great to share what others have to say and I’d like to do just that.

Here’s my call out to all those bloggers who write suspense/mystery/thriller novels, plays and/or short stories.

I’d love to feature a different blog each week with a short Q & A with the blogger.

Anyone interested?

Comment on this post, send me your blog url and let’s see what great information we can share with our followers and with each other.

June 30, 2008

Suspense/mystery links

Just thought I’d share some links that might be of interest to other suspense/mystery/thriller novelists.

http://www.hycyber.com/MYST/myst_writers.html
Alphabetical listing of mystery and suspense writers

http://www.writerswrite.com/fiction/michelemartinez.htm
Writing Suspense (article)

http://www.lisagardner.com/tricks/index.htm
Lisa Gardner’s site – articles, tips, tricks, etc.

http://www.hackman-adams.com/articles/index.htm
Lots of links about “thrillers”

http://ezinearticles.com/?Seven-Ways-to-Inject-Suspense-into-Your-Novel&id=177867
How to inject suspense into your novel (article)

http://www.mysterymentor.com/
Marilyn Henderson’s website (the author who did the professional critique of my
suspense novel)

http://www.thrillerwriters.org/thrillerfest/
ThrillerFest 2008

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/genrefiction/tp/mysteryrules.htm
Ten rules of good mystery writing

http://www.poewar.com/mystery/
Ten tips for writing your mystery novel (but many of the tips just apply to good
novel writing in general)

http://www.writingclasses.com/CourseDescriptionPages/GenrePages.php/type/O/ClassGenreCode/MY
Mystery writing courses

October 1, 2007

My first Suspense/Thriller Novel

Novel revision #5

    
I’ve been working on an adult thriller novel now for about 2 years. First came the idea and the main character, who literally demanded that I tell her story. Next came the first draft and as a naive newbie to the genre of novel writing, I actually thought it was pretty good.  That draft made the rounds through a couple of friends and soon I had an abundance of material to start my first revision. 

Revisions #2 and #3 came close together as I tweaked and changed and re-arranged a plethora of ideas until I was certain I had a wonderfully revised manuscript.  But was it ready to send out there to agents and publishers? 

Just in case I really wan’t able to see my novel for what it was, I decided to hire a professional author who also does in-depth critiques of manuscripts.  I selected Marilyn Henderson, an American author of numerous books in my field – the suspense thriller.  Her feedback came quickly and although upon first read I felt discouraged, after sifting through the 12 pages of commentary from her, I realized that she knew the business and although she had good things to say about my book, it lacked saleability.

So then came revision #4.  It took a while to cut unnecessary characters, scenes and even full chapters and then re-invent parts of other chapters to keep the book flowing.  So now you’d think I would just send out the manuscript and wait for all the requests for the entire manuscript.  Nope! 

I have one more revision in the works and yes, this is the final one.  I’m sending it through my online critique group to tweak anything that jumps out at them.  Most of the chapters have rec’d rave reviews but minute details have popped up and been caught thanks to this group of writers.

Revision #5 will be the one that goes out there into the world.  I’ve also been researching agents and publishers so that I send to the most appropriate markets.

Wish me luck.

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