Understand the foundations necessary for effective crime, mystery and suspense writing, how you can gain ideas and inspiration, and the fundamentals of researching and creating clever plots. Also explained are the different genres of crime, the varying roles the cast may play, and the aspects needed for courtroom drama.
DEVELOPING THE STORY
A variety of techniques, tools and processes can be used to develop a good story. You are introduced to the concepts of time frame, building climaxes, identifying and hiding clues, the value of sub-plots and the protagonist. Other essential elements include profiling the cast, dialogue, reading faces and viewpoints.
FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CRIME
This module explores the methodology behind the crime. Was the crime committed through drowning, shooting, stabbing or poisoning? How will the crime scene be treated? What are the procedures and the acts of finding evidence? What were the motives behind the crime – was it passion, premeditated or reckless action? We also explain common mistakes that relate to handling weapons, using plastic bags and firearms, and so on.
CHARACTERISATION AND THEME
Learn how to present believable characters, create an objective theme, develop the plot and establish a personal and distinctive style. Turn your first draft into a polished and professional piece of material and prepare your manuscript for submission to a publisher. This module also looks at the synopsis, title, listing with publishers and keeping records.
PUBLISHING YOUR WRITING
Sooner or later, most writers come to recognise that publication is their paramount goal, and you learn how to market your work, approach publishers and deal with agents as well as promote yourself as a writer.