In the grand tradition of crime writing, this last chapter in my blog series is the time to come clean and confess. I’ve been immersing myself in criminal topics lately because I’m playing detective, snooping everywhere for the clues that will help me write a great debut mystery. The writing is going well, but I’m about 100 pages in and am still not sure which of the many mystery subcategories my novel fits into. Hard-boiled, police procedural or thriller are just a few of the classifications listed in “Stop, You’re Killing Me!”—a great web resource for finding the perfect mystery.
For a writer-investigator, the library is a great place to be. Beyond the extensive mystery collection, DBRL offers a variety of mystery writing how-to guides and a host of books that deal with forensics, the science of gathering and drawing conclusions from crime scene evidence. DVD documentaries such as “The New Detectives” and “Crime Scene University” provide simulations and first-hand accounts that give an idea of what it’s like to be on the scene of a crime. And the library’s Universal Class database can help reveal what the crime-detecting life is really like through such courses as private investigation, criminology or even law.
I’m enjoying every aspect of writing my mystery except for one slight negative. My husband has noticed that I’ve gotten into the habit of imagining criminal possibilities in everything I see. He says he doesn’t mind that I’m always pondering, “whodunit?” “howdunit?” and “whydunit?”—just as long as I don’t try anything out at home.
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