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I have yet to figure out what this “craft” blog is shaping up to be, but I’m enjoying its awkward adolescence, so I’m just going to do whatever I want. With subscribership soaring to 2 total, there are few to disappoint, so let’s jump into my current headspace.

The Instruction

Over the last few months, I’ve been enrolled in a writing program. It’s been full of incredible advice and guidance, and I hope to gain certification to be able to teach in it eventually, but as I’ve read books and books and books on writing and enrolled in newsletters and newsletters and…


This is the final part of my series on writing a genre-focused murder mystery. Find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here. (You can order my murder mystery Beatrice via Amazon.)

All images from the awesome Sarah Lavere.

I’m very excited to introduce the very odd and quirky cast of my murder mystery! A spectacular special thanks to Sarah Lavere for running with my very-average prose descriptions and creating the awesome images above.

When I decided that I would actually do a rollout for the book and attempt some marketing, I didn’t think it would be “fun”, but… you know, what…


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This is Part 4 of 5 of my own experiences and reflections writing a genre-focused murder mystery. Find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. (You can pre-order my murder mystery Beatrice via Amazon.)

As I was contemplating the final two posts in this series, I originally focused on the nuts and bolts of finishing a novel: editing, publishing, copyediting, advertising, etc. I started some lists and typed a few paragraphs, but none of those ideas coalesced into anything worthwhile.

At the same time, the more I thought about the end of the journey of writing a…


This is Part 3 of my own experiences and reflections writing a genre-focused murder mystery. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. (You can pre-order my murder mystery Beatrice via Amazon.)

My friend Josh runs a company called Choose Your Own Game Night. He recently put together a full, digital mystery for fans of his Tuesday trivia series. For this entry in my blog, I talk to him about his experiences scripting the murder and pulling all the elements together. We talk character, plotting, Agatha Christie, and Murder, She Wrote.

You can watch the video or read through the…


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This Part 2 on my own experiences and reflections writing a genre-focused murder mystery. Find Part 1 here. And pre-order the novel here.

I labeled this course title as remedial because my own efforts to construct a murder mystery could generously be described as remedial.

This entry will be broken into two sections, a brief description of my experience writing my previous books and then best practices I would pass on to those taking on a murder mystery project.

My “Process”

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly: sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then…


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This part one of a multi-part review of my own experiences and reflections writing a genre-focused murder mystery for publication. Pre-order the novel here.

Context

I’m in the final stages of writing my third book which is a murder mystery. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but during this process I learned a great deal and did a lot of study on the way murder mysteries are told. My previous two novel projects were much less commercial: one was an LGBT coming of age story and the other was a pensive, experimental literary piece.

Completing those works…


It’s hard to believe it’s been almost seven years since I self-published my first book. It was after a haunting, brutal, and horrifying three years in an MFA (that may be a little dramatic), where I basically learned that if you didn’t write a specific kind of literary fiction then your writing was, as Fat Bastard may say, “Crap.”

My first book is a YA coming-out story, and the one time I workshopped a chapter of the book in the MFA program, I was told “gay people don’t have problems like this” and “this is too sentimental.” A white woman…

Tedd Hawks

I'm a Chicago-based writer working on my craft. Hopefully I can help others along the way.

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