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Character vs. Plot II

I’m outnumbered! The Poisoned Martini‘s first poll asked the question: which do you prefer…character-driven or plot-driven mysteries?  The results were 70% vs. 30%.  Yours truly prefers puzzle plots to solve in mysteries, but the majority of respondents want character-driven stories. I previously discussed this topic here.  A quick recap: my experience has been that recent mysteries—while… Read More ›

Character vs. Plot

It is the quandary of mystery writing.  Which is more important to readers–and writers–of mysteries?  The Character-driven story or the Plot-driven one? This is not to say that character-driven stories don’t feature a strong puzzle plot or plot-driven stories can’t have good characterizations.  Generally though, most mysteries fall to one side or the other. For example… Agatha… Read More ›

The Organization of Writing

Looking over old pieces of mine this weekend, I’m struck again by a curious thing.  Grabbing readers from the very beginning of what you write can be of the utmost importance when crafting a story.  Yet is the beginning of what story you’ve written necessarily told in the best possible way? Take the following as… Read More ›

A Writer’s Work

Writing is a passion!  Writing is a job! I discovered a love of writing at a young age.  Sometime around the fourth grade.  I remember that we were asked to write a Halloween story for class.  It didn’t have to be long.  Just a page really.  I loved Halloween (still do).  Writing that one page… Read More ›

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