How To Write a Great Mystery - a course by Rob Parnell

How To Write a GREAT Mystery

Create Ideas, Plots, and Templates for Mystery Novels and Short Stories | taught by Rob Parnell

Course description

Welcome to this all new course on 
Writing Mysteries for Fun and Profit! 

Created and Presented by Rob Parnell


Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Duration: 6 hours approx

Delivery: Text, PDF

RPWA Certificate: Yes

Dear Fellow Writer,

Rob Parnell here with my latest genre writing course.

(In case you don't know me, I'm the author of 30 #1 Amazon bestsellers. I've been teaching writing, success and motivation strategies online for almost twenty years - and my Writing Academy is specifically designed to help you make money from your passion.)

Now the ad for me is out of the way, let's get to this wonderful new genre writing course...

Do You Want to Write Compelling Mystery Stories?

I Will Show You How

Over SIX all new modules - never before published (even on Amazon!) - I delve into the mystery genre and reveal the best and easiest way to create new ideas, plot effectively, and use a unique - never before seen - template to help you write exciting and profitable mystery-based fiction stories.

Here is what you will learn:

In this overview of the genre, we discover the basics and the "one rule" of mystery writing. Learn what makes fiction writing "sticky" and impossible to put down. I reveal how to plot a mystery for best effect, and the 3 stages of good composition. The module concludes with a critique of some of the best mysteries written in the last 150 years - and I explain exactly why they have endured.

Module One: The Genre and its Conventions
Here  we explore the fascinating conventions that make a mystery work. First we delve into the "Locked Room" mystery genre that many authors regard as essential practice for the new writer. The three rules of writing any Locked Room story. Examples. Then we look at the modern definition of Mystery fiction. Its three main rules, the four elements of a mystery plot, and the six essential ingredients of a mystery novel.

Next we explore the crime fiction mystery conventions. Inspiration and how to create compelling investigators and their sidekicks. Interesting crimes and how to balance suspects with MOM (Motive, Opportunity and Method.)

Finally I present a potted history of the mystery, its importance in our current zeigeist, followed by a complete map of the four-act mystery structure. 

Module Two: Planning Your Mystery
This module thoroughly examines the creative process. How to get inspired, come up with cool characters, and brainstorm a plot BEFORE you commit anything to paper. This is important in mystery which MUST be pre-planned in order to work effectively. 

Then, how to create a compelling protagonist, how to increase drama and conflict, how to establish theme, premise and your author purpose. The different prose styles used in mystery and which one to use to create the impressions you're after.

Another set of examples follows, in which I show that my ideas coincide with all the most loved mysteries. I conclude with extra help for the inspirationally challenged!

Module Three: Plotting Your Mystery
In this module I explain the singlemost important aspect of plotting any story. Followed by the five key elements of a crime-based mystery. 

The four-act mystery structure is fully examined in this module, where I present a unique (as in never before seen) template for a mystery story. You can use this yourself to write any mystery or expand upon as you see fit.  This template is clever and fun - and worth the entire price of this course. It's that good!

Rounding off, I mention several issues to bear in mind during the plotting process, point of view being paramount, plus how to deal with subplots.

Module Four: Writing Your Mystery
Many writing courses miss out the most crucial element for the newbie - the actual writing. This module reveals how to go from zero to hero as a mystery author. Exactly what to do to keep you writing daily and creating a new life for yourself. Establishing a routine, getting to right mental space, the way to "feel" when you're writing etc.

Next I present twelve key aspects to bear in mind as you write your mystery. Issues like problem solving, red herrings, conflict, pacing, the use of detail, and style.

Finally, we look at editing, rewriting, polishing and importance of tying up all the loose ends.

Module Five: The Future of Your Mystery
This module presents the fledgling fiction author with a taste of the mindset required to go full time - and soon. The time is ripe for you to start earning monthly book royalties. I unashamedly show you how that is achieved quickly.

The fact is, the publishing world has changed enormously. It is no longer necessary to use traditional publishers. Besides which, the Big Five have now announced ALL THEIR NEW AUTHORS will have to PAY to be co-published with them. As I'm sure you'll agree, this is a massive retrograde step that, to me, marks the end of the traditional publishing industry.

Therefore, it's now more important than ever that you take your writing career into your own hands. In this module I explain why and how to immediately make that leap and enjoy the rewards and benefits. 

Click on the purchase link below to gain access to this marvellous new writing course!

Purchase this course now and you'll also receive these BONUS ITEMS.

1. Structure of a Mystery Template - from Rob Parnell
This is exactly what you think it is - available for you to use right now, without fear of copyright infringement, as my gift to you!

2. How to Self-Publish on Amazon.
Multi-published author Mike Fishbein explains the exact process (and the right buttons to tick) when you self-publish with Amazon Kindle in less than five minutes.

3. Improve Your Writing Skills by Arina Nikitina
This essential 51-page manual from BookBoon explains how to create a relationship with your reader and communicate effectively for any reason - to entertain or to market and/or to sell to.

4. Elements of Fiction by Rowan Wolf
Only just published on Smashwords, this 370-page behemoth of a book is a wonderful addition to any fiction writer's library. Passionate and erudite, the author explores the beauty and power of fiction writing with almost transcendental intensity.

5. Keywords In Creative Writing by Wendy Bishop and David Starkey, published by Utah State University
This 237-page reference guide explains the truth about all the current buzzwords that surround the modern writer. If you ever need specific information about a writing related topic, this handy guide will fill you in quickly.

Click on the purchase link below to gain access to this marvellous new writing course!

Rob Parnell
Rob Parnell
Your Personal Instructor

Rob Parnell has been teaching online since 2002, specifically helping writers earn money from their passion. He is the proud founder of The Writing Academy, an online school dedicated to student success and authorial excellence.

Rob has published over thirty number-one best-selling books on genre fiction authorship, freelance writing, motivation, productivity; getting rich, staying thin and healthy. When it comes to making a living from writing, composing music, and creating film projects, Rob is a man who knows what he's talking about! You'll enjoy his down-to-earth style and the feeling Rob somehow knows you like a friend!

Rob has been writing since he was five years old. He writes every day without fail - it's a compulsion - and he still hasn't run out of things to say... His preferred genre is the thriller - sometimes with a supernatural edge - in which he writes short stories, novels, screenplays, and adult thrillers - including his Purge detective novels and the popular Sherlock Holmes: Zombie Slayer series. Also a musician and composer, an accomplished singer, media producer and budding movie maker, Rob is ecstatically happy to be married to Robyn Opie Parnell, his savior, and the popular best-selling children's author.

They live miles from anywhere in their beautiful country farmhouse, its eleven acres tucked within inches of the stunning Flinders Ranges, with their beloved pets, Wally the dog and the cats: Jessie, Iggy (because he's The Wild One) and their latest, Lucky.

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Reviews (1)

How to Write a Great Mystery was great

by Janice Kaat
I've always liked Mystery. I liked it that Rob included the Thinking Machine to read over. I enjoyed that. I kept asking myself questions along the way as any mystery reader does. Rob always gives all he has in his courses. You can always count on getting your money's worth.

How to Write a Great Mystery was great

by Janice Kaat
I've always liked Mystery. I liked it that Rob included the Thinking Machine to read over. I enjoyed that. I kept asking myself questions along the way as any mystery reader does. Rob always gives all he has in his courses. You can always count on getting your money's worth.