want to write a crime novel?
Have you already started and need help?
Have you a
finished novel you would like appraised?
Crime is difficult to write. A crime novel is not about the crime,
but about the character.
That’s why crime books become series and get made for television.
Readers want to be with the great characters that inhabit crime
novels. And they keep coming back for more.
So, if you want to create a crime series, you have to create a
world, and a gang of characters that draw people back. Not easy.
Added to that you have to do all the other things done in a general
novel, plus you must set up and solve a crime that will keep people
hooked. And if it’s a series you’re planning you have to think about
the characters’ development over a much bigger time frame.
Also crime is a broad ‘church’. There
are many different sub-genres within the crime genre. Take a look at
the best-selling crime writers. They are all unique in voice and
tone, and cover a range of sub-genres, e.g crime thrillers (like my
Rhona MacLeod books), procedural crime, historical crime, noir,
crime comedy, futuristic crime, cosy crime.
So, what type of crime novel do you
want to write? The best advice is to write the type of book you like
Are you planning a series or a stand
alone? If you want your characters to continue, you need to develop
their lives, as well as solve the current crime.
If you’re planning a thriller, then
you have to learn how to develop pace.
Having written eight books in the highly successful Dr Rhona MacLeod
forensic series, run numerous Masterclasses in all aspects of novel
writing and in particular crime writing, I can help you in a variety
- A report on your synopsis and first three chapters
- A report on a completed manuscript
- One to one tuition and mentoring
- Workshop groups to help, for example, with:-
Plotting and pace
Creating the perfect crime gang
Contact me to discuss your requirements in the first instance and I
will advise on the time required and appropriate fees.