Made Up Mayhem
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by Pauline Baird Jones
Category: General Nonfiction
Description: Award-winning author Pauline Baird Jones has been committing fictional murder for almost ten years. This author of eight novels of action-adventure, suspense, romantic suspense and comedy-mystery now shares her expertise in a series of writer's handbooks. Made Up Mayhem gives writers the basic tools needed to craft a successful suspense novel. From a book's initial concept to plot, characters and setting, Pauline gives many examples from her own best-selling novels. This handbook also includes great website links for research, a list of recommended reading, and a guide to writer's markets and organizations. Whether you are already an experienced published author or just getting started, Made Up Mayhem is a great addition for your reference library!
eBook Publisher: L&L Dreamspell/L&L Dreamspell, 2008 2008
eBookwise Release Date: August 2008
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [86 KB]
Reading time: 48-67 min.
Storytellers have been weaving mayhem into their plots since men began painting on the walls of caves. Maybe it's the battle between good and evil. Maybe it's the catharsis of watching someone face and overcome danger. Maybe readers just like a rousing good tale. * * * *
Whatever label you slap on the genre, or how many times it has been declared dead on arrival, mayhem/suspense has not only refused to die, it has morphed into countless subgenres--and even sub-genres of those subgenres. * * * *
Whether your tastes run to dark plots, grand schemes for world domination, or creatures of the night, made-up mayhem is the genre's dark heart--and it's purpose is to both scare and entertain your readers. * * * *
While I feel a bit guilty about it, writing made-up mayhem is fun. It's also very cathartic to put your characters through trials and tribulations. And if someone annoys you, well, your villains will always need expendable characters to knock off. Fictional killing doesn't involve you in strip searches or prison time, so it's a great place to funnel the frustrations of real life.