Genre Writing: Mystery, Horror and Suspense

This genre covers an extremely wide range of styles and approaches. Whichever style authors choose, the resources below will help them increasing readers’ tension, fear and/or suspense.

Writing Tips: Write Better Villains

Writing Tips: Adding Conflict

12 Noteworthy Resources for Fantasy Authors – Fighting & Injuries

5 Types of Crime Fiction

6 Terror Tactics for Really Scary Villains

7 Phases of Committing a Murder

10 Ways to Cover Up a Murder

25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror

A mystery novel template / cheatsheet / outline

A No – Nonsense Guide to Legal Jargon

The Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Mystery

The CSI Effect: Fact vs. Fiction

Common Clichés in Crime Fiction

Darkness in Fiction: 7 Tips for Writing Dark Stories

Eye Movements While Thinking

F is for Fear – 6 Tips on How to Evoke Fear in Your Writing


The Horror Genre: On Writing Horror and Avoiding Clichés

How to Detect a Lie

How to Get Someone to Confess or Divulge Information

How to Implement a Crime When Writing a Mystery Novel

How to Plan a Crime When Writing a Mystery Novel

How to Write a Mystery Whodunit Novel

Private Investigator InfoGraphic

The Trials of a Jury

What are You Writing – Crime, Horror or Suspense? Infographic

Writing crime fiction – 7 elements of gripping suspense


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