Jul 31, 2010

13 Best Links for Mystery Writers

I like to write mysteries and have accumulated some great links from many websites and blogs - here are my favourite:

1.  Tips and Reviews of Mystery Writing Books:

2.  Story Structure for your Mystery Novel:

3.  Every villain needs a motive - read about popular motives and how to use them:

4.  Mystery Plot Formula:

5.  The Mystery Writing Checklist:

6.  Types of clues and how to use them:

7.  Choosing the Point of View:

8.  10 Rules for the Classic Detective Story:

9.  Not enough? 20 Rules for Detective Stories:

10. Mysteries often have several plot lines - learn how to keep track of them:

11. Mysteries by Kids:

12. 10 Tips for your Mystery Novel:

13. Not sure where to start? Check out this clip for ideas:
Happy writing!


  1. Hi there, over from the 31DBBB Blog Frog!

    This is a great list of links - thanks. There is so much great reading on the internet it's great to get a list like this to find them easily.

    Have a lovely day,

  2. You've got some amazing links there. There's so much to think about when writing a mystery (or any genre).

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. What a fantastic list! I'm dipping my toe into the mystery genre with my next project, so this is extremely helpful. Thanks!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you. These are all great sites. I will mention your blog on next Friday's post.


  5. I'm not a mystery writer, but I'm going to check these out anyways. My novels could use a little more mystery in them. :)

  6. These links look fantastic - thanks for compiling them :)

  7. Mason - Thanks, I figure I spend so much time sifting through the sites, if I can save someone else from the obsession, then I'll narrow the best links down for them :-)

    Anna - Good for you for trying a new genre, it's always exciting, fun and a little scary. Love to hear how the project comes along.

    Clarissa - Thanks you, that's very sweet :-)

    Aubrie - I think you've hit a good point: no genre stands alone. It's good to research outside our own comfort zone sometimes.

    Jemi - You're most welcome :-)

  8. Charmaine
    This is a fantastic collection of links. I have logged the information for my next project. Thank you for posting. :)

  9. Hi Charmaine,

    Thank you so much for suggesting my mystery writing how-to blog posts among your best links for mystery authors. I'm in excellent company!

    You may also enjoy my podcast (The Novel Experience), dedicated to fiction writing tips & techniques. Cheers from southern Vancouver Island, BC.

    Nicola Furlong
    Youdunit Whodunit! How to Write Mysteries

  10. This is a fantastic list of links. They will be very helpful as I write mystery/suspense/thriller.

    Thank you.

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