Monday, February 05, 2007

News: There's No Mystery to Writing a Book

Karen McCowan, writing in the Oregon Life section of The Register-Guard, reports on the activities that took place at the Midwinter Mystery Weekend in Cannon Beach on January 26-28, 2007. Featured authors included Eugene resident Carola Dunn (the Daisy Salrymple mysteries), former Oregon State University journalism professor Ron Lovell (the Thomas Martindale mystery series), and Deborah Donnelly of Portland (the Carnegie Kincaid mysteries).

Los Angeles writers Jack Remick and Robert Ray taught a writing workshop, adds McCowan. Titled "The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery", participants were assigned a timed writing exercise. "Always start with your killer. Go as deep into the killer as you can - he drives the story," Remick said.

Ann Rule, the keynote speaker, told aspiring writers that there's no mystery to writing a book. "You don't have to be in the right mood," she said. "You set a number of pages for yourself each day, you sit down, and you do it."

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