Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • Welcome!

  • 2

    Beginnings

    • Let's look at the openings to several well-known mystery novels...

  • 3

    Developing Ideas

    • Where do ideas come from, and how do we develop them? Some personal examples.

  • 4

    Finding Ideas

    • Places to look, borrowing vs stealing, and a few final thoughts on letting your ideas evolve.

  • 5

    Writing Exercise

    • A writing scenario designed to jumpstart your creativity, so you can develop the beginning of your own mystery

  • 6

    FAQ

    • Any Questions?

    • FAQ 1: Access, Student Community, Advice on Writing Crime Fiction in Modern Times

  • 7

    Resources

    • Audio Version

    • An Overview of Mystery Writing Mastery

    • A Glossary for Mystery Writers

    • Types of Mysteries

    • The Why Behind Mystery Writing Mastery