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How to Craft a Killer Cozy Mystery: An Intensive Guide to Traditional Murder Mysteries & Writing the Modern Whodunit (Paperback)

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So you want write the perfect COZY MYSTERY?


Crafting a killer cozy can be perilous. Fans of the genre expect authors to forego explicit gore and violence while at the same time creating a mind-boggling murder mystery with pulse-pounding tension and a twisty plot. But how is writer supposed to satisfy such disparate demands?

How to Craft a Killer Cozy Mystery tackles this exact problem by providing an actionable roadmap for starting (and finishing ) a manuscript that will leave readers dying for more. Packed with worksheets and questionnaires designed to streamline the writing process, this comprehensive step-by-step guide will teach you to create compelling characters, vivid settings, and clever storylines.


Whether you're a new writer or just new to the genre, you will walk away from How to Craft a Killer Cozy Mystery with a checklist for everything you'll need to start your first draft, including:


  • The history behind the modern cozy and why they're so popular with today's audiences
  • The 13 key reader expectations for the genre
  • The 10 essential rules every cozy must follow to create a fair play puzzle
  • The difference between cozies, thrillers, capers, detective stories, and police procedurals
  • The difference between a premise and a hook-and how to kick-butt writing both
  • The essential beats for the four-act plot structure
  • How to effectively hide clues and create plot twists

And as a special bonus, How to Craft a Killer Cozy Mystery contains an extensive *glossary of literary terms* and modern as well as classic examples of commonly used mystery solutions and misdirects. Grab your copy today.


MASTER THE EXPECTATIONS FOR THE GENRE, AND CRAFT THAT KILLER COZY



Product Details
ISBN: 9781737688013
ISBN-10: 1737688018
Publisher: Andrea J. Johnson
Publication Date: August 1st, 2021
Pages: 180
Language: English