On the evening of 5th April 2017, I attended the Writers & Artist’s How to Write Crime Fiction masterclass, with best-selling author Mark Billingham. It was a fantastic introduction to writing crime fiction – talking rules and when to break them.
Here are 10 top tips I learnt from Mark:
1. Write the book you want to read
As a writer, don’t look for gaps in the market. Instead, write about what interests you as a reader as this is likely to interest other people too.
2. Choose a strong opening
You need to hook the reader quickly and early. You have 15 seconds in a bookshop to ‘sell’ your book through the cover, blurb and first few paragraphs. Lure the reader in with a killer sentence or anything that asks a question. This is essential if you’re submitting a manuscript to an agent or publisher, as this will make the difference between them reading your first three chapters or not.
3. Decide on your point of view (POV)
You may find you write more …