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#1 Tom Preece

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:34 PM

I'm fascinated that there are so few posts here. These genre's are some of the most popular of all time. The form is built on one of the oldest story forms, the quest. The rewards are usually a restored sense of the order of the world. Why should so few of us be interested in this?

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:37 AM

I suppose it's because people don't realize their story is a mystery/thriller? 


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:46 AM

LOL, my MG novels are definitely mysteries. But, I don't think people want to hang out discussing who the camp theif is when there are murderers on the streets of other novels.

 

*thinks*

 

Yep, just picturing me running my red herrings by Bones and laughing hysterically at what that would look like.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:59 AM

Yeah, Tom. I've wondered about that, too. I've been a bad mod here, though. I don't start threads that might invoke replies. I believe it's just the slant of AQC. I think mystery writers are in the extreme minority here, but I could be wrong. I was getting the impression that there were mostly YA writers and SF/Fantasy writers here. Dunno.

 

I wish I had more to say here, trust me. I really can't come up with interesting thread ideas.

 

And it IS funny: I think there are more agents open to mysteries/thrillers than any other genre, but again, I could be wrong. It was just an impression I got when I was searching for an agent for my book.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:00 AM

LOL, my MG novels are definitely mysteries. But, I don't think people want to hang out discussing who the camp theif is when there are murderers on the streets of other novels.

 

*thinks*

 

Yep, just picturing me running my red herrings by Bones and laughing hysterically at what that would look like.

hahahha, Cat! My heroin addicted ex-cop would love to figure out who the camp thief is. He'd find it like a holiday. :wink: :wink: :wink:


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:12 AM

I have always admired mystery writers. I doubt I could craft such a novel. But I certainly enjoy reading the good ones (like Bones's book)



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:16 AM

I think mystery writers are in the extreme minority here, but I could be wrong.

 

Mystery is my first, true literary love. If an author can keep me guessing to the end, I'm his for life. Uhm, yeah. After my hubby, of course.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:29 AM

I always wanted to write a mystery. I have an entire bookshelf filled with nothing but Agatha Christie, Dick Francis, Raymond Chandler... But while I can come up with characters and romantic tension and the murders themselves... I just can't make it "mysterious" enough. I'm bad with the whole clues thing. My poor trunk is stuffed to overflowing. I finally just gave up and focused on my spec-fic.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

Leigh, there is definitely an art to writing a good mystery.

 

I started with Encyclopedia Brown, then moved up to Trixie Beldon, Mickey Spillane, Alfred Hitchcock, and of course, Agatha.

 

And as much as I love adult mysteries, I don't know that I could do justice to them. Like you, I have a crate full of ideas...


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:10 AM

I think we have the makings of quite a crossover plot here: my spunky mathematician, Cat's campsite constable, and Bones's heroin-addicted ex-cop...  Nothing could get past that team!



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:27 PM

There are some VERY good books on how to write a good mystery. The one "How to Write a Damn Good Mystery" is pretty great. I met that guy, Frey. Went to his house for a workshop. Total dickhead but he knows what he's talking about in that book. I recommend that if you love the genre, at least give it a shot and see what happens. Hell, if you don't think it's great, switch all the ages of everyone to like 12 or 13. Or make them 20 years older. That would open up a HELLUVA lot of opportunities for interesting roads to go down, etc.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:25 PM

There are some VERY good books on how to write a good mystery. The one "How to Write a Damn Good Mystery" is pretty great.

 

I've seen that one on the shelf at B&N, but I've never thought to pick it up. Shocking, considering how many authorly "how to" books I own. Forensics for Writers, anyone? My favorite is the chapter on poisons. I even have little magnetic bookmarks of a noose, revolver, chalk outline, crime tape, and magnifying glass.  :cool:


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:18 PM

Forensics for Writers, anyone? My favorite is the chapter on poisons. I even have little magnetic bookmarks of a noose, revolver, chalk outline, crime tape, and magnifying glass.  :cool:

 

Wow, that is so cool.  :cool: 


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:32 PM

My writing is more on the romantic-suspense side, which I believe is pretty darn popular, and fits right in here. I'm constantly checking this forum for new threads and always disappointed to see none.

 

So, hey everybody, let's get talking!  There's got to be something interesting to discuss.

 

Unfortunately, my little brain hasn't got anything at the moment.

 

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:32 PM

By far my favorite genre is mystery suspense followed by science fiction fantasy, and that is a direct product of being much emotionally enamored with the tradition of the quest.  The search for truth or a vision of it is very much married to these genre's.  I prefer the mystery because it can be expressed in proletarian terms that don't require the leap of imagination required by either science fiction or fantasy.  I think this is the reason for the mystery's predominant popularity and its penetration of so many other genre's



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:20 AM

My novel is a literary thriller, and it also happens to be one of my favorite genres to read.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:33 PM

Last month I finished the manuscript for my first book, a mystery / suspense, working on the sequel now. It seemed strangely cathartic to me, having spent over twenty years in law enforcement. I think there are any numbers of great topics out there to write about, just check the daily news, it's just finding a way to put your own spin / twist on it.


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:05 PM

Glad to see you've found us, Andrew.  Let's keep this conversation going.  I'm still trying to find out how to get the Admin's attention to our suggestion.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:37 AM

Last month I finished the manuscript for my first book, a mystery / suspense, working on the sequel now. It seemed strangely cathartic to me, having spent over twenty years in law enforcement. I think there are any numbers of great topics out there to write about, just check the daily news, it's just finding a way to put your own spin / twist on it.

 

YES! This is what I've been looking at. I want to do an anthology of re-written obscure fairy tales.    


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:56 AM

I'm here of course & write suspense/thrillers/commercial fiction. But for me, I'd feel more comfortable discussing plot lines if the forum were password protected.  Jmho. 


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