Craft Talk: Writing Crime with Girls Write Now

“I should probably start with the blood . . .”

When it comes to grisly, dark, addictive crime fiction, there’s nothing like a great first line to chill your readers’ blood and keep them reading. And with the zinger above, best-selling author Robin Wasserman has us counting the weeks until her latest novel, The Book of Blood and Shadow comes out. (April can’t come fast enough!)

But according to Robin, a gotta-read-more first line and a killer (so to speak) murder scene do not a fully fleshed-out crime novel make. Last month, Robin visited our friends at Girls Write Now, a really fantastic mentorship program that pairs young women with professional female writers, to dish up advice on writing a tightly crafted crime novel. She ragged on annoying crime procedural cliches, talked about killing off her characters, and offered a handy blueprint for writing crime fiction. Check out a peek of the craft talk below . . .

Want more? You can watch the whole talk here. And once you’re ready to kill off your own character, download this awesome writing exercise from the team at GWN. Then head over to the Girls Write Now blog for a response to the workshop from your fellow Fig and GWN mentee, Mary Portes.

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