Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Comedy and Mystery writing have at least two things in common. One is to 'expect the unexpected' AND it still has to make sense. The second is 'know your character' and then reveal that character by their actions. For example:
A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit..
The mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed and points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.
The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'
The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly .
She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I'm very grateful. How much did you spend?' To her astonishment, the mortician presents her with the blank check.
'There's no charge.'
'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says.
'Honestly, ma'am,' the mortician says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.' . . . . . . . . . . . . . ' So I just switched the heads.'
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
TO BE IN CONTROL
From this root numerous off shots can grow. For the sake of getting a grip on the mystery we will divide the motive down into three situations even though they all apply, in greater or lesser degrees, to any crime. The three basic motives for murder that we will use are:
Passion, Power and Revenge
The motive is stabilized within the
CLASSIC STORY FORMULA:
Desire, Opposition, Conflict, Conflict Resolution.The Desire, Opposition and Conflict are what makes up the MOTIVE for the crime.
The Resolution is the crime
There are three basic kinds of conflict:
1. Man Against Man
2. Man Against Nature (or Conditions)
3. Man Against Himself.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I enjoyed the virtual interview, and I hope lots of people will take a look at it to learn more about how I think. Members of this little community can exchange messages and questions too. If you're a literary or artistic type you might want to join yourself. And if you'd like to meet more writers and learn what they're really thinking, you should check out Whohub.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Here's the complete list of books she's giving away:
Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart
Breakout by Paul Fleischman
Down to a Sunless Sea by Matthias B. Freese
The Free Lunch by Spider Robinson
Maid Marian by Elsa Watson
Janeology by Karen Harrington
Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells
Vampyres of Hollywood by Adrienne Barbeau & Michael Scott
Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Bikini Season by Sheila Roberts
Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Lisa Daily
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
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