Felicity Young, author of several successful crime novels and recent resident writer at Matty Furphy House (Fellowship of Australian Writers) ran a workshop for budding crime writers on the 28th June.
A few crime writing tips fromFelicity.
- Draw a plot arc to show major events in your story
- Draw a character arc for each main character, showing crisis,change of heart etc
- Summarise scenes or chapters on palm cards and lay them out, experimenting with the order of events ( or use Scrivener). You can colour code the cards indicating character’s POV.
- Solving sodoku puzzles in between writing May help with plotting
- Research for accuracy
- Keep a disciplined writing routine
- Make sure your writing environment is comfortable so you can look forward to settling down to work
- You don’t have to write what you know provided you can interview someone who does.
- Carry a notebook . Listen and watch people around you . Stories are everywhere.
- Keep enough space in your head to dream
- study the craft of writing – grammar, spelling & formatting are important
- Read as much as you can and stay up to date with the crime genre
Quote from Stephen King: If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the tools or time to write.