Today’s #tuesdaywritingtips are brought to you by Northeast Ohio Sisters in Crime, which held a well-attended and very well-organized conference last weekend at the beautiful South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The event, Death March, featured some great writers who offered some great advice. Rather than attempt to reproduce everything they said, I’m offering some highlights the old-fashioned way, via my tweets of comments made during various panels. The Twitter Tips come mostly from keynote speaker S.J. Rozan, whose books include the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series; with help from Mary Ellis (Secrets of the South series); D.M. Pulley (The Dead Key ); and Sam Thomas (Midwife Mystery series).
Other participants included myself; mystery genre scholar Dr. Katherine Clark; literary agent Victoria Selvaggio; Shelley Costa (Practical Sins for Cold Climates); Scott Lax (Vengeance Follows); and Jane Ann Turzillo (Murder and Mayhem on Ohio’s Rails).
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And to conclude, one of my own suggestions: think of your book as a rich meal served to your reader over the course of the entire volume, with the final bite taken in the last chapter or even better on the last page. Don’t dish out everything in the first thirty pages.