50 Fabulous Resources For Crime Writers

50 (or so) Fabulous Resources For Crime Writers

Writers Write creates and shares writing resources. In this post, we share 50 (or so) fabulous resources for crime writers.

Crime fiction will always be one of the most popular genres for readers and writers.

If you’re thinking of writing a thriller, a mystery, or a police procedural, you will appreciate some of our previous posts on the subject. I’ve put together a list of all our writing resources for crime writers in one place.

50 (or so) Fabulous Resources For Crime Writers

The Genre

  1. 13 Questions To Ask Before You Turn Your Idea Into A Crime Novel
  2. 5 Fabulous Tips for First Time Crime Writers
  3. 5 Reasons To Write Crime Fiction
  4. 7 Important Crime-Writing Guidelines
  5. 9 Examples of Sub-Genres in Crime Fiction
  6. Crime Writing For Beginners – An Infographic
  7. Why People Read Detective Novels
  8. Why Revenge is Such a Brilliant Plot for Beginner Writers
  9. Thriller Book Title Generator
  10. The 5 Pillars Of Thrillers
  11. How Much Blood Do You Need In A Crime Novel?
  12. Mystery, Horror, Thriller – What’s The Difference?


  1. 10 Essential Tips for Writing Antagonists
  2. 10 Ways To Create Dangerously Nuanced Antagonists
  3. 3 Dastardly Different Villains & Why We Love To Hate Them
  4. 4 Ways To Get Your Reader To Identify With An Unsympathetic Character
  5. 7 Deadly Rules For Creating A Villain
  6. 9 Anti-Social Fictional Characters We Can’t Forget
  7. 9 Useful Character Questionnaires For Writers
  8. 9 Ways To Make Readers Care For An Amoral Protagonist
  9. How To Use Your Antagonist To Define Your Story Goal
  10. Personality Disorders – DSM-5 Resource for Writers
  11. Resources For Writing About Troubled Fictional Characters
  12. The 9 Types Of Unreliable Narrator
  13. The Antagonist As A Literary Device
  14. The Least You Should Know About Your Protagonist And Antagonist
  15. Torture Your Character – The 3 Most Effective Types of Inner Conflict
  16. Use The 7 Deadly Sins To Strengthen Your Antagonist’s Motives
  17. Use These 7 Gaslighting Phrases To Make Your Antagonist More Manipulative
  18. When Crazy Is Good – 9 Good Reasons For Your Character’s Bad Behaviour


  1. 10 Deadly Poisons – A Crime Writer’s Resource
  2. 20 Things A Crime And A Novel Have In Common
  3. 32 Ways To Write About Fear
  4. 37 Ways To Write About Anger
  5. 50 Ways To Say ‘Villain’
  6. 6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing
  7. 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers From James Patterson
  8. Cheat Sheets For Writing Body Language
  9. Crime Writer’s Resource – The Human Body After Death
  10. Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers
  11. Professions With The Most Psychopaths
  12. Famous Fictional Detectives
  13. The Man With The Golden Pen — 5 Writing Secrets From Ian Fleming
  14. 10 Elementary Tips For Writers From Sherlock Holmes
  15. How To Write The Death Scene

Techniques And Devices

  1. 10 Cliffhangers That Make Readers Turn The Page
  2. 5 Tips To Help You Write A Gripping Read
  3. 7 Awesome Foreshadowing Tips For Fiction Writers
  4. 7 Ways To Create Suspense In Your Memoir
  5. Adding Suspense To Stories
  6. Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting
  7. Literary Devices For Crime Writers – A MacGuffin And A Gun
  8. The Locked Room – A Simple Way To Test Your Plot
  9. What Is A Plot? – A Writer’s Resource
  10. What Is A Red Herring?
  11. What My Six-Year-Old Taught Me About Storytelling
  12. Getting Away With Murder: A 5-Point Plan On How To Kill A Character

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Posted on: 5th January 2018