Category: Series

Writing a Series that Can Be Read Out-of-Order

As a reader of mysteries (and, to a lesser extent, fantasies), one of the difficulties I run into is finding a series where I don’t have to start at the beginning — like if the library or bookstore doesn’t have a copy of the… Continue Reading “Writing a Series that Can Be Read Out-of-Order”

New Year, New Mentors: Tana French

Welcome 2016!! New years are for new starts and I’m gonna kick of 2016 with a brand new batch o’mentors. First up, we have Tana French! Tana French is one of my very favorite authors. Based in Dublin, Ireland, French trained as a professional… Continue Reading “New Year, New Mentors: Tana French”

The Hedgehog and Feast for Crows – Incomplete Series Troubles?

I am of the general belief that revisions can wait until the book is done. Finish the rough draft, take a break, come back and rework the story accordingly. My reasoning for this is pretty straightforward: you don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve… Continue Reading “The Hedgehog and Feast for Crows – Incomplete Series Troubles?”

Scene Breaks: Martin Doesn’t Do ’em

Recently, in the critiques I’ve been giving for my writers group, I’ve taken to pointing out that we, as a group, don’t generally use scene breaks. (Have you ever noticed you start pointing out bits and pieces in other people’s writing that you think you might need in… Continue Reading “Scene Breaks: Martin Doesn’t Do ’em”

Two Different Ends to Two Different Series

I just finished reading Curtain, Poirot’s last case. (I promise I won’t give away the end.) And recently I’d also read Sleeping Murder, which is Marple’s last case. In both cases the books were written years (decades) before they were published. Also in both… Continue Reading “Two Different Ends to Two Different Series”

Consistency of Physical Description

I have trouble keeping track of the various eye colors of my characters through one book. In my last completed draft of a book, I caught at least three variations of eye color of my main character’s eyes. Apparently I just couldn’t decide. So,… Continue Reading “Consistency of Physical Description”

Characters Who Don’t Make It Through The Series

In both of Christie’s series – Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple – the opening books are narrated by characters who fall away fairly quickly in the series, never to be heard from in the same way again: John Hastings as Poirot’s bumbling sidekick… Continue Reading “Characters Who Don’t Make It Through The Series”

Meditating on What Makes Poirot a Good Series Character

In her career, Agatha Christie came up with, not one, but two iconic characters: Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Today we’ll look at Poirot, seeing why he’s a good focal point for a mystery series. “In her Autobiography Christie gives a detailed account… Continue Reading “Meditating on What Makes Poirot a Good Series Character”

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