by Meredith Cole How should you start a crime novel? A lot of writers get caught on the first sentence… Read more Writing a Mystery
by Meredith Cole Trust is a strange and tenuous thing. Too much and you’re a walking target for hucksters and… Read more Trusting Your Gut
by Meredith Cole I used to be afraid of dark places and writing myself into corners. I tried to outline… Read more Escaping from Writing Traps
by Meredith Cole When I started my first book, I carefully collected a dictionary, a thesaurus, a baby naming book… Read more What Reference Books Do You Need?
by Meredith Cole Dreams can be such a valuable part of the creative process, but dreams can also be elusive,… Read more Using Dreams to Write Stories
by Meredith Cole The main character in my mystery series was very different from me from the beginning. I started… Read more How Do Your Characters Change You?
by Meredith Cole Why crime? Why do I write about violence and murder? Great question. And it’s definitely one I’ve… Read more Why Write Mysteries?
by Meredith Cole There is a moment at every book signing when the audience is asked if they have questions.… Read more Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
by Meredith Cole Chapters can be small–or long. They can take place in one day–or not. And everyone seems to… Read more Writing Chapters
by Meredith Cole Writers can only scribble (or type) away in their dark corner for so long. Eventually someone needs… Read more The Pros and Cons of Writing Groups