Writers aspiring to be recognized authors are the expected visitors to My Musings page. Therefore, my posts will target that group and be random in timing. I’ll not promise a daily, weekly or even monthly rant or info dump for the sake of meeting a schedule. I’ll only post when I feel there is something worthwhile to pass on. Thank you for visiting, Robert Schobernd
Do you struggle with action scenes involving violent murder? I'm reading a good reference book, Forensics (A Guide for Writers) by D. P. Lyle, M.D. Part III chapters 12 through 19 deal with field work and are especially helpful to writers.
Are you familiar with the writer John Camp? He writes the Prey series under the pen name John Sandford. At Amazon, I recently downloaded a sample of his first prey book, Rules of Prey, just to again experience his writing style—I’ve read most of the twenty-seven Prey novels that followed it. The introduction to the book is what I’m writing about. You don’t need to buy it, just download the sample. John starts by telling of his professional career as a reporter in Minnesota, and how he burned out and turned to writing novels. The reason I suggest you read it is because by the end of those few pages he’s told what kind of a main character he thinks it takes to be successful in crime stories. In addition to his main character Lucas Davenport, the sub-characters are eccentric and unique. I especially remember one character named Del Capslock—taken from the computer keyboard. Anyway, I thought you might get something out of John’s opinion and success. You might even want to read a few of his books to see how one of the masters of crime stories does it.