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Dancing with fear

Dancing with fear

“Wanna dance?” The stranger whispers his question from behind my back. His breath tickles against my ear and I look around to see who asks me. I see a man in a black hoodie and jeans. The hood is turned up so I cannot see his face. I want to refuse but something compels me to accept the invitation.

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Writer’s block: 5 reasons why it’s not real

Writer’s block: 5 reasons why it’s not real

You’re looking at that blank screen, cursor blinking without fail, hands above the keyboard and BAM! Nothing. No inspiration, nothing is coming. You start a sentence, but delete it in the same breath. You have absolutely no idea what to write about. “Writer’s block,” you think. You close your computer and give up. Well, let me tell you that I think writer’s block is a load of BS. I think it doesn’t exist and here’s why.

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The setting: Where did the murder take place?

The setting: Where did the murder take place?

The setting of your detective story is very important to your narrative. Where and when did the murder take place? Setting your story background has all kinds of implications on the progress of the story. For instance: if your story is set in fourteenth century Italy, you probably don’t have any equipment to examine DNA or fingerprints. Unless your detective can travel through time, which, of course is only possible if you are Doctor Who.

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The butler did it! The classical ‘whodunnit’

The butler did it! The classical ‘whodunnit’

“The butler did it” is the first thing someone will probably say when you are reading a detective story. The classical ‘whodunnit’ is a sub genre of the detective story. It focusses on solving the crime, leaving clues to be picked up by the detective and other clues for the reader so they can guess who ‘dunnit’ before the detective does.

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