Call Myself a Writer?

October 15, 2009

Turning To Crime?

Filed under: NaNoWriMo,Writing — trishtash @ 8:58 am
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nano_09_red_participant_120x240.pngI’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo again.

It’s tricky, this time. Last year I knew what I wanted to write, because I had a fully formed story in my head, which had been fermenting there for almost a year. All I had to do was write a little outline to keep me on track and when 1st November came along, off I went.

This year I don’t have a clue. Or do I?

I spent a few days in bed a week or so ago, with swine flu, Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters and Kathy Reichs, and am currently spending time with Kate Atkinson in her crime writer mode. So, I’m thinking, why not write a mystery?

I know why not. I have no idea how to go about planning one. Do I start at the beginning, with a dead body, and hope to find out who done it as I go? That’s apparently how Minette Walters does it. Or do I start with the solution and work backwards?

I’m hoping to find out, soon. I had a few pounds in Amazon vouchers built up from my Valued Opinions survey rewards, so I went along and had a look at yet more writing ‘how to’ books. I’ve ordered a couple (which should arrive today – I just tracked them and they’re out for delivery) so we’ll see if they help.

I’ll keep you posted.



  1. Damn, damn and thrice damn… I still haven’t decided what I’m gonna do, and everybody is telling the world what their plans are. It really isn’t a level playing field, especially since I decided not to follow the crowd – though doing something wholly original was dismissed as a writer’s dream on Nathan Bransford’s blog a while ago. I don’t want to write something that anyone could have come up with. It has to be cool, and an idea that is off-center, and (gulp) original-ish.

    A crime story was one of the ideas that I played with at the end of last month, in a twisted version of roulette which would have decided my NaNo entry. I finally gave up and discarded everything as being a pale imitation of something else. At this rate I might have to sit down and start typing regardless… Let my subconscious do all the heavy lifting.

    Comment by bigwords88 — October 16, 2009 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  2. I also wondered about crime fiction, the genre that readers simply can’t get enough of – or so it’s claimed.

    After ten years of modest succes with a series of children’s adventures, I thought I’d give crime a go. I finished it last week. I’ve no idea if it’s any good, so I’m going to farm it out to three lovers of the genre.

    Oh, and I started with the crime and then plotted backwards, for what it’s worth…

    Comment by Will Hadcroft — February 19, 2013 @ 11:49 pm | Reply

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