The Weekend Novelist Writes A Mystery

You want to write a mystery. What’s the first thing you do? Look at it this way—Until your killer knocks off the first, second, third victim, your sleuth sits around reading the racing form. Another way to look at it—Until Hannibal Lecter dines on some slob’s liver, Starling is just an FBI agent trying to figure out why she dreams about sheep. Thomas Harris discovered the secret and became famous. Conan Doyle knew this and he created Moriarty who is step for step Sherlock’s equal. The strong Sleuth needs a strong Antagonist. What does this mean for the mystery writer?

Create your Killer first. In a series of timed writings, punch out the backstory on your killer with a set of Firsts:

My name is The Killer. I was born in a city called Lethe. I got my first taste of blood when my brother cut…and I bagged my first kill one day in December…and…

And you’re off and running.

In this book, we guide you through the process to create four major characters:


Then we take you through scene, myth base, dialogue. Have fun. Write lots. Check out the timed writing exercises on this blog and then launch your writing career with a memorable killer.

Authors: Co-written by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick
Copyright: ©1998 by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick
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Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
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