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10 Tips on How to Write Believable Crime and Murder Scenes


We’re starting a fun series covering a number of weeks featuring guest posts from professionals who work in medical, police investigation, and legal arenas in order to help writers get “real” in their fiction. Take a peek inside their worlds and ask questions!

Today’s guest post is from Garry Rodgers, who spent years working as a homicide investigator and fornesics coroner and has a lot of great advice for writers who plan to write about crime scenes.

I’ve been around the criminal investigation world for three decades—first as a homicide detective, then as a forensic coroner. I was also the trigger-man on Emergency Response or SWAT Teams and now, in “retirement,” I’m reinventing myself as a crime fiction writer. So I’ve got hands-on experience in life, death, and writing.

I’m also a voracious reader. Not just technical, forensic, and legal stuff but lots of crime fiction. I’m fortunate for on-the-street and in-the-morgue background to draw from, though it’s a curse when I read stuff that I know is improbable or just plain baloney. Continue Reading…

Things to Consider When Choosing a Critique Partner

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Today’s guest post is written by editor Megan Harris:

You did it! You wrote “THE END” and have finally finished writing your book. Completing the story you have worked hard on for months or even years is quite a feat, and now comes refining it to self-publish or submit to agents if choosing the traditional publishing route.

When it comes to selecting a critique partner for your book, it’s important to find one you can develop a rapport with and depend on to provide constructive, thorough feedback. You have likely looked your story over and know it from front to back, but having another set of eyes look it over could reveal mistakes even the most skilled writer may miss. Continue Reading…

6 Ways You Can Prepare Yourself and Your Manuscript for Success

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Today’s guest post is by novelist Karen Pashley:

Traveling the writers’ road for the first time? Rest assured, you are in good company. Every single author whose books grace your shelves once walked the very path you are on.

If you’re like me, you may have days when you question the journey. You procrastinate, get frustrated, and endure gut-wrenching rejections. Will you continue? Will you have what it takes to shed those moments of hopelessness and press on?

Here are suggestions to help you avoid some of those potholes on the highway and encourage you to make it all the way to your destination. Continue Reading…

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