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Advice for Mystery Writers from Dennis Palumbo

Fellow author as well as podcaster, screenwriter and psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo has recently had a wonderful how-to article titled Taking the Mystery Out of How to Write a Mystery published in Suspense Magazine.

Amidst his long list of writing credits that include the film My Favorite Year, Dennis is the author of the recently-published Head Wounds (Poison Pen Press), the fifth in the series of Dennis Rinaldi crime novels. His first novel, City Wars (Bantam Books) is in development as a feature film.

If you’re an aspiring mystery writer, yet feel you’re missing the crucial element necessary to create a gripping story for your readers, Dennis’ article will give you a new perspective.

Here’s a snippet to pique your interest:

Let’s start with the basics: what is a mystery? In simplest terms, it’s a story about the disruption of the social order. A crime against society is committed: a man is murdered, a bank is robbed, whatever. We, the viewer, want to know two things: who did it, and why. At least that’s what we think we want. What do we really want?

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