20 Resources for Writing a Cozy Mystery

September 17, 2020 No comments

 

Any other writers and followers of this blog working on a cozy type mystery, like me? Here are a few mystery writing guidebooks, mystery outlines, plot templates, online courses, and blog posts that I found helpful...

"10 Tips to Make Your Cozy Mystery Sell": https://writingnovelsthatsell.com/10-tips-to-make-your-cozy-mystery-sell

"Writing the Cozy Mystery": https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Cozy-Mystery-Expanded-Second-ebook/dp/B07GFHDWNW

"How To Write Killer Fiction": https://www.amazon.com/Write-Killer-Fiction-Carolyn-Wheat-ebook-dp-B004CFBL98/dp/B004CFBL98

"Don't Murder Your Mystery": https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933523131

"The Busy Writer's Tips on Writing Mystery & Crime": https://www.amazon.com/Busy-Writers-Writing-Mystery-Crime-ebook/dp/B00CMMFSPG

"How to Outline A Cozy Mystery: Workbook": https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0998843156

Set of Mystery/Crime Article & 3 Checklists: http://margmcalister.com/bw-crime

"All About Cozies & Writing Mysteries": http://www.mystery-cozy.com/Mystery-Cozy-Writing-Mysteries.html

Writing World (blog post): https://www.writing-world.com/mystery/cozy.shtml

"13 Tips for Cozy Mystery Writers": https://worddreams.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/13-tips-for-cozy-mystery-writers

Free Story Plan for Plotting a 4-Act Cozy: http://ninaharrington.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Combined-Story-Plan-for-a-Cozy-Mystery.pdf

Free Cozy Plot Plan: http://ninaharrington.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Combined-Story-Plan-for-a-Cozy-Mystery.pdf

Resources for Mystery and Crime Writers: https://www.writerswrite.com/journal/research-resources-for-mystery-and-crime-writers-2994

"Outlining a Cozy Mystery": https://elizabethspanncraig.com/mystery-writing-tips/outlining-cozy-mystery

"15 Tips for Writing a Murder Mystery": https://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/elizabeth-craig-15-tips-for-writing-a-murder-mystery

"10 Tips to Make Your Cozy Mystery Sell": https://writingnovelsthatsell.com/10-tips-to-make-your-cozy-mystery-sell

Author Elizabeth S. Craig's "Free Cozy Mystery Outline": https://bit.ly/2R0Tkm9

"Writing & Marketing Cozy Mysteries Course": https://your-author-engine.teachable.com/p/cozy

Cozy Mystery Reading List: https://cozy-mystery.com
 
Cozy Para-Mystery Reading List: https://cozy-mystery.com/blog/witch-theme-mystery-series-super-supernatural-paranormal-theme-mysteries.html

Murder Mystery Scrivener Plot Template: https://allfreelancewriting.com/scrivener-murder-mystery-novel-template

And I also highly recommend these wonderful guides since cozies have a lot of dialogue, and it's fun to write interesting villains and heroes...

"How to Write Dazzling Dialogue": https://www.amazon.com/How-Write-Dazzling-Dialogue-Manuscript/dp/0910355142

"Writing Unforgettable Characters": https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Unforgettable-Characters-Create-People-ebook/dp/B08D3YF95V

"13 Steps To Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains": https://www.amazon.com/13-Steps-Evil-Superbad-Villains-ebook/dp/B0722X7Y4P

"10 Steps To Hero: How to Craft A Kickass Protagonist": https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KNVV4TG/

I'd suggest reading at least 50 cozies to gain a better understanding of the plots, tropes, and reader expectations. You could do reverse outlines on your favorite cozies, too.

I wish you every success on your writing journey.
:-)

~SA Soule