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400 page primer and reference o n forensic techniques for front-line police officers, criminal attorneys, journalists, crime authors, mystery fans true crime aficionados.• From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler (ed.
Romance writer Suzie Quint's review gives examples of how Stein explains "show, not tell" and other fictional techniques that nonfiction writers can also use to good effect.• Techniques for the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain How to write dramatic fiction that will engage the reader.
• This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Moseley (for novice writers)• Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (7th ed.) by Janet Burroway• Writing the Breakout Novel and Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass (how to create "a powerful sense of time and place, larger-than-life characters, a high degree of tension, good subplots, and universal themes," elements needed to take a novel to the bestseller list).
Alice La Plante (how writers create -- for serious writing students and teachers)·My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History , ed.
Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers , by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter (also useful for nonfiction)· A Writer's Coach: An Editor's Guide to Words That Work, by Jack Hart· Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times, The New York Times, and John Darnton (introduction)· Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg (advice, inspiration, and Zen-like wisdom)· Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, by Janet Burroway (also useful for nonfiction) · Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction by Jon Franklin (what makes a good story and how to structure for development, even while interviewing)· The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard (1990)· The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work, Maria Arana, ed., (a collection from Washington Post Book World)And -- not quite on the subject, but here are related titles of possible interest:· The Muse that Sings: Composers Speak about the Creative Process by Ann Mc Cutchan· Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life by composer John Adams, best-known for Nixon in China • Afterwords: Novelists on Their Novels by Thomas Mc Cormack • The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis In The Creative Interpretation Of Human Motives by Lajos Egri • The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera• Aspects of the Novel by E. Forster • Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction by Charles Baxter• Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Orson Scott Card• The Fiction Editor, The Novel, and the Novelist by Thomas Mc Cormack• The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman•Forensic Analysis and DNA in Criminal Investigations: Including Solved Cold Cases by RJ Parker and Peter Vronsky.
A tiny volume of writing prompts that encourage writers to write brief bits, coming at your life at an angle, through the "side door," as she does in her slim, fine memoirs (A Three Dog Life (about caring for her husband after a hit-and-run accident shatters his skull) and Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.