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Top Tips On Writing Crime Fiction

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 …

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NaNoWriMo - A New Beginning?


Sunday 1st November 2015 signifies the start of a new journey for me. I'll be taking part in NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month - for the first time, alongside over 300,000 other aspiring authors around the world. The aim is to write 50,000 words of a novel within 30 days.

I was persuaded to sign up for NaNoWriMo last December by bestselling crime fiction author Elizabeth Haynes - this year will be her 10th NaNoWriMo. You can read more about her thoughts and experiences on her blog.

My ultimate dream since childhood has been to write fiction. At university, I obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science, with plans to follow on with a PhD in Forensics and then maybe write crime novels one day. But in the final year of my BSc., I was sidetracked by the idea of a career in journalism. I went on to complete an MSc. in Science Communication, before working for consumer and pharmacy magazines, writing about health. Over the last 20 years, I have also edited health books, magazines and …

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