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Repost: 50 Awesome Literary T-Shirts
I came across this brilliant post on ebook friendly and I just had to share it in case anyone out there is looking for gift
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Unique Gift Ideas for Crime Fiction Readers & Writers
It’s Christmas-time and you are looking for a present for a loved one. Every year we face the same dilemmas when it comes to gift
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Film Review: True Romance
In this new film review series I will be shouting about the films I love, but ones specifically related to crime, thriller and mystery genres.
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Random Settings Generators!
Are you struggling to decide on the location for your epic tale? Maybe you have a name but not the detail, or the other way
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Anatomy Lab LIVE is Touring the UK in 2018!
I’m SO excited to say that I got tickets to attend the fantastic Anatomy Lab LIVE; a travelling interactive exhibition promising dinner and dissection. What
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38 Stocking Fillers Under £15 for Crime Fiction Readers & Writers
Christmas is nearly upon us and the scramble to find the perfect gift is afoot. What follows are 38 gift ideas that would be perfect
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I’m Participating in NaNoWriMo 2017!
One of my Crime Writing NY Resolutions for 2017 is to have a go at NaNoWriMo this November… and I’m already panicking!   “What exactly
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Location Scouting: How to Research Your Story Setting
Writing this towards the end of October, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is nearly upon us, and for many writers, it is a time for
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Book Review: ‘Key Concepts in Crime Fiction’ by Heather Worthington
This book review series seeks to investigate those books on the market which promise to help you write, with an emphasis on writing within the
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What is a Death Café?
This month I toddled along to a local death café I was recommended by a friend. Of course, for someone who loves all things crime
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How to Spot a Psychopath
Here’s the scary thing about psychopaths. We could spend a few minutes here reading all about the typical body language and speech ‘tells’, but in
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6 Subplots to Add to Your Story
A huge chunk of the writing process for a crime novel is spent mulling over creating the perfect crime. Which clues will you use to
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Book Review: ‘How to Write a Blockbuster’ by Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner
This book review series seeks to investigate those books on the market which promise to help you write, with an emphasis on writing within the
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Crime Author Chit Chat with CHRIS EWAN
I am really pleased to be able to interview Chris having met him at CrimeFest earlier this year and watched him on the International Thriller
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Film Review: Lethal Weapon 1-4
In this new film review series I will be shouting about the films I love, but ones specifically related to crime, thriller and mystery genres.
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Fantastic Blogs and Where to Find Them: August 2017
My unyielding search for information for this blog has taken me to some dark places; googling groups of poisons and their effects on the body,
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Raymond Chandler’s Ten Commandments for Writing a Detective Story
I previously wrote an article outlining the Ten Rules of (Golden Age) Detective Fiction as decided by Ronald Knox. Now it’s Raymond Chandler’s turn, purveyor
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Making a Murderer: 21 Patterns of Behaviour Found in Serial Killers
What really makes a murderer? In this article we take a look at some of the early behavioural patterns that have been identified in serial
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My Experience on a Police Ride Along Scheme
I recently had the very exciting opportunity to join my local police force for a night, to observe how things are done and what crimes
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42 Free Image Sources
I use Canva to create ALL of the featured post images for my blog, and always use free pictures to make these. Here it is,
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7 More TED Talks for the Aspiring Crime Writer
If you already read through my post ‘Top 5 TED Talks for the Aspiring Crime Writer’ and are looking for fresh content to inspire, look
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Psychopath vs Sociopath: A Writers Guide
When we talk about serial killers in fiction (and in real life) we tend to talk in terms of ‘psychopath’ or ‘sociopath’ and, often, interchangeably.
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Random Cause of Death Generators!
There is, quite literally, a generator for everything! Who knew at the click of a mouse you could determine the fate of your beloved characters?
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Film Review: Hot Fuzz
In this new film review series I will be shouting about the films I love, but ones specifically related to crime, thriller and mystery genres.
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The Ten Rules of (Golden Age) Detective Fiction
In the 1920s mystery author, critic and clergyman Ronald Knox developed Ten Commandments he believed a crime fiction author of the ‘golden age’ ought to
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Fantastic Blogs and Where to Find Them: July 2017
My unyielding search for information for this blog has taken me to some dark places; googling groups of poisons and their effects on the body,
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7 Subscription Boxes for Crime Fiction Lovers
There is a subscription box for literally ANYTHING these days. Every month you can receive the latest and greatest in meat, Lego figurines, makeup and
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Book Review: ‘Working Stiff’ by Judy Melinek, M.D
I am a morbidly curious kinda person, so when I stumbled upon this book I knew I’d hit gold. I read it in what felt
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Random Plot Twist Generators!
Here we go, the FOURTH in my ‘random generators’ series! Isn’t it hard to think up good plot twists for your stories? If you’re experiencing
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Crime Author Chit Chat with TANA COLLINS
I am THRILLED to be able to feature the very lovely Tana Collins on my blog. I had the pleasure of meeting her at CrimeFest
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Film Review: The Departed
In this new film review series I will be shouting about the films I love, but ones specifically related to crime, thriller and mystery genres.
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Fantastic Blogs and Where to Find Them: June 2017
My unyielding search for information for this blog has taken me to some dark places; googling groups of poisons and their effects on the body,
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Repost: How to Become a Secret Agent
Have you ever sat at home wondering whether you would have what it takes to be a spy or a secret agent? I know you
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The Puppet Show has been featured on Crime Time!
I’m very proud to announce that The Puppet Show has been featured on popular website Crime Time, run by author Barry Forshaw! Click to read
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How to Survive a Crime Writing Festival
I was SUPER excited to attend the Bristol-based CrimeFest at the end of May: a four day festival dedicated to all things crime writing. Panels
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7 Reasons You Should Be Reading Crime Fiction Short Stories
In this digital age one thing is for sure: people want information, like now. This goes not only for the social media we read, the
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Getting Your Fictional Police Right: A Guest Interview with Kevin N. Robinson
I am very pleased to bring you the first in my Guest Interview series: Meet Kevin N. Robinson. Kevin has 30 years of experience in
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Film Review: Seven
In this new film review series I will be shouting about the films I love, but ones specifically related to crime, thriller and mystery genres.
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Sniffer Dogs
I love dogs, and one of the things I’ve been researching is how to include a dog of some kind in a crime story. Aside
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Random Plot Generators!
Here I am, back once again with RANDOM GENERATORS! This time we’re dealing with randomly generated plot ideas. Take a look through the list and
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Fantastic Blogs and Where to Find Them: May 2017
My unyielding search for information for this blog has taken me to some dark places; googling groups of poisons and their effects on the body,
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Victimology: A Guide
In real life the chances of you falling victim to a serial killer are extremely slim, aren’t they? Perhaps not as slim as you thought.
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5 Crime Fiction Magazines: A Review
I’ve been a busy bee reading tons of crime fiction and real crime magazines to suss out the very best that are worth subscribing to.
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Book Review: ‘Dark Minds’ Short Story Collection
I am a member of a fab Facebook group called Crime Fiction Addict. It is a veritable treasure trove of book reviews, recommendations, new release
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FBI Profiling: Organised vs Disorganised Offenders
Have you ever wondered how profilers make it look so easy to find the suspect in the likes of hit US show Criminal Minds?
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10 Factors Affecting Eyewitness Testimony
Eyewitness testimony (EWT) is a legal term for the account of an event, given by a witness or observer. This could include specifics about a
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Film Review: L.A Confidential
In this new film review series I will be shouting about the films I love, but ones specifically related to crime, thriller and mystery genres.
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Fantastic Blogs and Where to Find Them: April 2017
My unyielding search for information for this blog has taken me to some dark places; googling groups of poisons and their effects on the body,
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Police Lineups 101
A police lineup or ‘identity parade’ if you are in the UK, is used for one of two reasons: to identify a suspect or to
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Book Review: ‘British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers 2016’ by Kevin N. Robinson
This book review series seeks to investigate those books on the market which promise to help you write, with an emphasis on writing within the
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Crime Scene Series: Collecting Evidence
In the first article in this series, ‘The Golden Hour’ we looked at the crucial steps to take within the first hour after finding a
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Music to Help You Write Better
One of my favourite things to do when writing my blog posts is to pop on a relaxing Spotify playlist. I find it much easier
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280 Different Ways to Say ‘Said’
Inspired by my previous article which looked at ‘50 Ways to Say ‘Villain’’, I began thinking about other words I tend to overuse in my
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Fantastic Blogs and Where to Find Them: March 2017
My unyielding search for information for this blog has taken me to some dark places; googling groups of poisons and their effects on the body,
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A Guide to Crime Story Structure: What Goes at the Beginning, Middle and End?
Crime stories follow a specific structure, which readers come to expect and feel comforted by. This structure is present whether we are reading crime fiction,
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Crime Scene Series: The Kit
In the previous article in this series, ‘The Golden Hour’ we looked at the crucial steps to take within the first hour after finding a
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The Story Inspiration Series: People Watching
This ‘Story Inspiration Series’ will take an in-depth look at all of the sources that have helped me generate ideas for titles, stories, characters, scenes
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Random Story Title Generators!
When I wrote ‘Random Character Name Generators’ it was so popular I thought I’d take a look and see what other generators there are out
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Repost: 50 Ways to Say ‘Villain’!
I stumbled across a useful post by Mark Nichol of Daily Writing Tips that is really helpful to me as I’ve begun writing short stories.
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7 Phases of Committing a Murder
Way back in 1988, counselling psychologist Joel Norris described for us the typical experience of carrying out a murder from the perspective of a serial
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Book Review: ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King
This book review series seeks to investigate those books on the market which promise to help you write, with an emphasis on writing within the
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Types of Serial Killer Motivations
Back in 1988 Holmes and DeBerger theorised that, a serial killer does not simply go out and murder a bunch of people: there is ALWAYS
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Writing Competitions Guide: UK 2017
Why enter a writing competition, you ask? This is a fantastic way to get feedback on your writing from a completely unbiased source (as opposed
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A Guide to POV
One of the very first things you’ll have to decide on when starting to write your crime novel is which point of view (POV) you’ll
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Common Clichés in Crime Fiction
If you are a newbie crime writer (or just a writer in general), you want to avoid rehashing the same tired clichés, that is, unless
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Police Roles: Detective Chief Inspector (DCI)
The role of the Detective Chief Inspector (or equivalent) is the most widely used as the main character in crime fiction. Telling the story from
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Crime Writing NY Resolutions: 2017
2017 brings new opportunities! Well, first it brings a bastard hangover, but then it brings the chance to redo everything you did wrong last year.
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5 Types of Crime Fiction
So, you’ve decided you want to write in the genre of crime fiction, yay! But wait, did you know there are specific sub-genres, each with
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Repost: Diversity in Crime Writing
Recently, publishing team Sisters in Crime wrote a report on diversity, equality and inclusion in the mystery community which you can read here. This report
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Crime Scene Series: The Golden Hour
The whole trajectory of a successful investigation hinges on the actions taken by those first at the scene: the First Officer Attending (FAO) or First
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The Ultimate Guide to Crime Writing Festivals 2017
In 2017 I’d like to learn more about the world of crime fiction by attending a crime writing festival to help with my crime research!
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Locating the Killer: A Guide to Geographical Profiling
One of my fave TV shows is Criminal Minds, and so one of the first approaches to catching criminals I researched was profiling. If you’ve
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Mater List Colours Colors Crime Writing
Master List: Colours
What goes through our minds when we see the colour orange as opposed to green? Below is a list of words commonly associated with various
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Crime Writing Sources: Books, Journals & Websites
Please feel free to take a look through this list for resources, inspiration and ideas. I will keep this list updated regularly as I find
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Blogging Sources: Free Images Directory
Below is a complete list of all of the free image sites I have found that you can use in your blog. **Please check the
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How Long is a Story?
When you first get stuck into writing your amazing crime story, you’re hardly going to start with a bestselling novel. You’ll probably start out with
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Repost: What Happens To Our Bodies When We Die?
A pretty grim thing to think about I know, but for an aspiring crime fiction writer, something we need to explore a little bit. If
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Random Character Generators Crime Writing
Random Character Name Generators!
Surely the best part of writing is making up your character name, appearance and back story? But where do you even START with picking their
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Fingerprints 101 Guide Crime Writing
Fingerprints 101: An Infographic
Do  you know how fingerprints are collected from a crime scene, who gathers them and how they differ between people? No? Look no further than
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Top TED Talks Crime Writing
Top 5 TED Talks for the Aspiring Crime Writer
Step one on my journey to learning more about crime fiction was to hit up TED. There is surprisingly little to find on this particular
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Ready… Set… Blog!
Hello internet 🙂 Welcome to my new blog! My name is Laura, I’m twenty-something and live in sleepy Somerset with my little cat and better half. My
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