I was watching a couple of episodes of the ABC’s Book Club last night. Michael Robotham is one of the participants in Series 10 Episode 4 during which he is asked about crime writing. I thought we could keep these in mind as we read and discuss the July book.
Michael Robotham’s Top 5 Clues to Writing Crime (11:40-13:40 on the video)
- Must have a crime – ‘the deader the better’ and a ‘grand or base motive’
- Compelling characters
- Pace and suspense – speed and suspense – ‘a ticking clock’
- Conflict and complications – twists and turns, red-herrings, road blocks – ‘your hero must want something and something must stand in his way’
- A sense of place