You may be surprised to discover that many---if not all---of the books you have read recently are mysteries. From Dan Brown to Dennis Lehane, mysteries are hot items on today’s best-seller lists. This course is designed to teach you the techniques you need to know if you want to become a best-selling mystery author. The course begins by introducing you to the four types of stories and explains how they relate to mysteries. You will discover the tree-act story structure and show you how to propel the action forward to a climax, followed by a release of tension as your readers experience a great finish. You will discover the between story and plot and get a chance to experiment with viewpoints to see which one works best with your mystery. This course will allow you to write a complete scene and learn the internal structure that makes every scene feel right. You will discover special techniques that apply to mysteries, including: crime scene description, MacGuffins, and the use of red herrings to misdirect your readers and create suspense. Following each lesson, you will get to practice on your own story.
This information-packed online course combines the best advice of many writing professionals, tempered with the instructor’s own experience as a mystery writer. Follow the guidelines taught in this course, and you will be well on your way writing a successful mystery of your very own.
About The Instructor
Steve Alcorn is the published author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 students turn their story ideas into reality, and many of his students have published novels they developed in his classes. His novels include the mystery A Matter of Justice, the historical novel Everything in Its Path, and the picture storybook Molly Builds a Theme Park. He is the author of the non-fiction books How to Fix Your Novel, Theme Park Design, and Write Your Life Story. When he isn't writing and teaching, Steve is the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc., a leading theme park design company.