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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

With Murderous Intent

Many of you will remember that I signed up for a Crime Writing Workshop
‘The Body in the Library’  and I have to say I was not disappointed. It was run by the lovely Myfanwy Cook who has written commissioned articles on the craft of writing and has had over 90 short stories published in the UK and Australia, including romantic and historical fiction. She has also been a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.

Her workshop inspired me to write the piece below,
which I thought would work in the Bad News Blogfest
 Submissions should have emotional impact, where the character receives bad news. It can be written in any genre, any POV, any means of delivery up to 1,000 words:

So, whadja think?

The Body in the Library Workshop covered:
The Vocabulary Of Murder
Setting Crime Scenes: Place and Setting
The Victim: Clinical vs. Emotional
The Detective
Red Herrings & Clues
Cliff-hangers
Opening Scenes
Era/ Transformation: Past or Present
Useful References and Resources

I enjoyed all of the writing exercises Vanni set and met some very talented, lovely people. At the risk of sounding boastful, amusingly while many of the others on the day managed to write 36-50 words,I scribbled down a staggering 125! My point being that daily writing practice makes all the difference.

I chose Magda Mort or maybe Mortimer for my pen name on the day. (Tongue-in-cheek here) What would your pen name be?

Bizarrely my Weds post came up with Tuesday date!