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, getting inside the mind of a murderer to understand why they might take trophies and looking up the most common ways people are killed in fiction.
My search does, on occasion, also take me to some fantastic, bright and happy places. Those places are blogs.
In this round up I want to shout about some of the brilliant blogs I have found squirreled away on the internet. They are a real mishmash, but all will help you write crime fiction and all are worth following!
This blog is run by established author D.P. Lyle, who wrote the very popular Forensics for Dummies.
Douglas has been in the blogging game since 2009, so you will find an absolute TON of fab material on his site to help you with your writing.
The site is great for the latest news and technical developments in the forensics field, especially if you’re writing a modern day crime caper and want to include some hot-off-the-press tools and applications! Check out How Old is that Fingerprint? and New Murder Cam Can Map a Crime Scene in 10 Minutes.
One of my favourite categories on the blog is Interesting Cases, covering cold cases, famous cases and the more unusual. He also harbours an impressive ‘links’ section with a list of cool reference sites writers will find useful ranging from civil war facts, baby names and sunset times to the world clock and even a site telling you the weather in space!
Doug also answers questions from readers which is really interesting, take a peek at Q and A: Can My Villain Cook Attempt a Murder Using Contaminated Food? and Q and A: How Would the Time of Death Be Determined in a Corpse Found in Snow?
If you’re a writer you need to bookmark this site now!
Ok so you’ve probably already heard of Grammarly as a plugin for checking your work for mistakes, but have you checked out their blog?
Not everything on the blog is writing related, but you can find some gems like 8 Weird Techniques to Beat Writer’s Block, Monday Motivation Hack: Coffee Alternatives and Office Snacks that Will Lead to Better Writing.
The best feature of the blog, however, is the Grammarly Handbook, which helps you understand your conjunctions from your interjections and gives you advice on hyperbole, idioms and more. Well worth bookmarking for later!
Susanne’s blog is a smorgasbord of tips and advice for writers of all genres and is a site you should visit regularly if you’re writing. Her advice is fab – as it would be coming from a successful writer, editor and writing workshop coach.
My favourite articles on the blog are those centred on productivity – overcoming distraction, hacks, breaking bad writing habits and finding more time to write. Read in particular the category Writing for Life where you can find articles like How to Create a Writer Productivity Diet, 9 Ways to Overcome Writers Block and 10 Helpful Tips to Boost Your Writing Productivity.
Susanne also offers a bunch of free resources including popular eBooks Secrets to Selling on Amazon and Strategic Planning for Writers.
I LOVE this site. It posts articles on all things crime, mystery and horror. It is a brilliant resource for real crime stories, which are posted as articles or via their podcast you can listen to here.
The Bizarre category, in particular, is right up my street, with creepy offerings like 7 Creepy Haunted Dolls You Can Actually Buy on eBay and 6 Terrifying Encounters with Black-Eyed Children.
I found that while perusing the site there were loads of articles with story possibilities. For example take a look at Demon Traps and 6 Other Creepy Things Homeowners Found in Their Own Homes and 25 People Share their Creepiest Hometown Legends.
The thing this site does best, however, is lists. If you want to know the top 5 anything relating to crime and mystery this is the place! Check out 8 True Crime Books About Terrifying Mothers, 16 True Crime Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now and 15 Horror Movies for People Who Have Seen It All.
Over to you
What did you think of my June picks? Do you have any you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!