Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cozy Mystery is one of the fastest growing areas in CBA. More and more people are discovering the fun, quirky characters and twisted tales that make up the genre. But what distinguishes a cozy mystery? What makes a cozy…well, cozy? In an effort to help readers better understand the genre, and also assist authors interested in trying their hand in writing one, I’ll be offering a four week course on writing the cozy mystery. The best part? It’s absolutely free! Here’s what you can expect:


I. WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION

A. What is a cozy mystery?
B. How does a cozy mystery differ from other genres?

I will offer a definition of a cozy mystery, and include
information regarding how a cozy mystery differs from other genres similar in nature.


II. WEEK 2: CHARACTERIZATION AND SETTING

A. Developing believable characters using Goals, Motivation, and Conflict
B. Choosing a setting

I will write a paragraph showing an effective use of setting. I will also teach you how to write a detailed character sketch which includes any backstory
important to helping understand the goal and motivation of the primary character.


III. WEEK 3: PLOTTING

A. The importance of a detailed outline
B. Planting clues, red herrings, and suspects

The best way to avoid plot holes is to use a detailed outline. I’ll provide a basic outline and show you the best tools for filling it in.


IV. WEEK 4: TYING UP THE LOOSE ENDS

A. Conducting proper research
B. Penalty, perjury, and prejudice—knowing the correct police procedures

In mysteries, it is very important to determine the exact penalty and police procedure for the crime determined in your outline. If the crime in an old one, I’ll show you how to determine the statute of limitations, as well as provide you with the best links for conducting proper research.

4 comments :

SuseADoodle said...

This sounds very intersting. I'll be sure to come back for the four weeks and will pass on the info to a friend who is trying to write a real-life event as a mystery novel.

Jess said...

Great Lisa. I've been trying to decide what to work on next. Maybe a cozy? This will help. :) Thanks.

Elaine Hurst said...

Can I still find this on your blog? I just came across this listing, and would love to read the information you gave out in your free course. Thanks!

Tom Michell said...

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