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How To Write A Mystery

Never outline!

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Lee Child and Laurie R. King’s new handbook is absolutely jam-packed with helpful advice from the members of Mystery Writers of America. I can’t resist sharing a favorite paragraph from the chapter written by Child himself, Never Outline!

I’m going to argue in favor of spontaneity. And against overthinking, and overplanning, and certainly against making lists. Specifically…

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