Openings: “The Nine Tailors”

A WRITING CRAFT REVIEW Probably because early pulp writers were paid by the word overwriting continues to be a pervasive weakness in commercial novels. It is not unusual for mystery writers to grind out 4000 words simply introducing the setting, the primary characters, the crime to be solved – all the basic who, what, why,…

Openings: Genre Novels

A WRITING CRAFT REVIEW Genre novels usually begin with a character who’s on the verge of change: orders are delivered to a craggy-jawed marine who’s passing time in a brothel, a tense school teacher picks up her suitcase after signing the papers for the sale of her childhood home, the body of a pretty-young-thing is…