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 [F] Mystery Net Community  / Writing Mysteries  / Generally Speaking...  /

Should We Give The Public What It Wants?
 
Gervase Charmley - 01:18pm Oct 15, 1998 PST

The subject of this discussion will be quite simple. Since all of us are members of the public (I hope) we shall just say what sort of mystery we want to read. If you think someone else has taste so bad that it oughta be exorcised, say so. And, why not say what you think the GENERAL public wants to read.

Oke. That was the posh bit. Really, I'm a prospective crime author, and I'd like to know how to pitch my story. Low, yes, commercial, yes. Sensibe? Only time will tell. If you see a book on a bookstall with my name on it, take the answer to the last question but one as 'yes'.


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Hugh Drummond - 04:13am Sep 20, 1999 PST(#24 of 32)
" I have a criminal mind... I see bad in everyone," (Mr. J.G. Reeder)

I should hate to think what the alternative would be.

Seriously, it is quite true that no author ever got anywhere without a finger on the pulse of the public. But also, a good writer must have a finger on his own pulse.

Once the aspiring writer has adopted tis position, he must then work out how to write without taking any fingers from pulses. Which is terribly tricky, you know.

HUD


Juanita Rose Violini - 10:59pm Sep 20, 1999 PST(#25 of 32)
www.incrediblealmanac.com

or how about this one from 'anguished english' - the ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind, and they can be seen in the church basement Friday afternoon -

for me i write first to have a good time (after i have the cleverly twisted warped plot worked out - and then i consider who i want to read it and maybe tone down the double entredres (maybe i can't spell it but i can certainly do it) and innuendos. i figure i'll just write what appeals to me and then see if the world likes it or not. having fun writing it seems to be what gives it that extra spark. one of my favourite authors is donald westlake and i imagine him chuckling away as he plans and plots.


Hugh Drummond - 08:24am Sep 27, 1999 PST(#26 of 32)
" I have a criminal mind... I see bad in everyone," (Mr. J.G. Reeder)

Exactly what I was trying to say in my long-winded way!

HUD


Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - 08:19pm Oct 31, 1999 PST(#27 of 32)
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious(or somthing like that!!)- Albert Einstein

"To thine own self be true!" a quote from JFK jr. Write what you wanna, challenge yourself. I don't get to travel much, but through the eyes of my charcters I can go anywhere I want to! I had this inclination once, that Mexico would be cool to see. I started writing a mystery located there, but decided to put it as the third or fourth book in a series! with this one wish of mine, I started a totally different and new series and hope to finish my book soon!


Barbara Bassett - 07:19am Nov 1, 1999 PST(#28 of 32)
(pseudonym of B.L.McAllister)

Cool quote. Shakespeare had the same idea, and in the same words, but he didn't steal it from young Kennedy, because the timing wouldn't be right.


Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - 09:30pm Nov 2, 1999 PST(#29 of 32)
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious(or somthing like that!!)- Albert Einstein

LOL!! wan't sure, and wasn't going to say anything that would make me stick my foot in my mouth, but I guess I did anyway?


Hugh Drummond - 08:42am Nov 11, 1999 PST(#30 of 32)
" I have a criminal mind... I see bad in everyone," (Mr. J.G. Reeder)

The number of times people quote other people can get most confusing. Especially if they don't credit it.

HUD


Molly O. - 01:08pm Mar 20, 2002 PST(#31 of 32)

Okay, first of all what I don't like, and usually causes me to put the book right down and not read any more.

- Foul language If it's too foul for primetime, it's too foul for me. - Lots of sex or sex-talk. When I say I want the details of Who DUN-it that isn't quite the definition I had in mind, LOL! - Paranormal stuff. If I'm looking for that I'll check out the horror section, not to mention the fact that solving a murder by having a psychic come forward with a vision is just plain cheating. - Cannibalism, Vampires, etc. I'm looking for intrigue and suspense, not to be scared out of my wits and have nightmares for the next six months. - Killing kids or animals. With the odd exception, if I see that I drop the book. I'm also not crazy about backstabbing and betrayal when it's taken to an extreme, like the TV series Alias.

Beyond that I'm pretty open, although there are certain things I prefer, such as: - A detective who's a nice person, preferably one who likes kids. - "Personal Mysteries." I like when the detective is personally connected with the case, ie they've been framed for it, it was their loved one killed, etc. - Relatively quick moving. I'm not really crazy about most of Agatha Christie's books, I find them kind of slow.


Barbara Bassett - 05:16pm Jul 11, 2002 PST(#32 of 32)
(pseudonym of B.L.McAllister)

How to keep Agatha Christie's books from seeming slow: Read 'em faster.

Wish I could do that with, say, Grisham's stuff. It drags on and on forever, and the books are too thick to begin with. Actually, I don't mind a slow start, and I don't need suspense except on the crucial point of "whodunit?" I guess without a puzzle, it ain't (to me, anyhow) a mystery at all. Though it may be an adventure--quite a different matter.

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