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How to write a crime novel
 
The first lesson on how to write a crime novel is probably the most obvious, and one that you may have in mind already: You need to decide on the nature of the crime. For many the choice will be simple, the murder mystery. This is obviously a very popular theme in the crime genre and is a style of novel which many people have read. As such, inspired novel writers out there may tend their hand towards a crime mystery with the eventual goal being the unveiling of the killer. However the scope of crime novel writing can encompass more than the murder-mystery and there other story types which can be considered:

Theft – a very popular theme in films can translate equally well to the crime novel. These can occur anywhere and can range from gritty urban novels which may have theft from such locations as grocery stores and banks to the more upmarket crime novel which may have such locations as casino’s or museums from which classic art pieces could be stolen. The apprehension of a master-criminal in this style can be just as compelling as unmasking a killer.

Fraud – in real life fraud cases can be highly dramatic, so works as an excellent scenario on which to base your story so can be an excellent tip on how to write a crime novel. Often these crimes are highly complex and imaginative, both elements which can demand audience attention and interest.

Whichever crime you choose NewNovelist novel writing software can help with your story structure, characters and more.

Another consideration to make is the choice between protagonist and anti-hero. Who will your crime story be following? The most popular choice will be the standard protagonist, often a detective, policeman or similar which makes sense given the genre and fits the lot structure very well – we can follow them through the novel as they uncover clues. However a different, though generally harder to write, choice can be the anti-hero, the person who has perpetrated the crime. Definitely a character to think about and one which can prove very interesting to both write and ‘get inside their head.’ Characterisation takes high importance within our Novel Writing software and can be used expressly for this purpose if required.
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Creative writing and learning how to write a novel can be exceptionally hard. First, you have to learn the basics, then you have to practice... and practice... and practice. And you also have to research what makes a successful novel. The vast majority of novels adopt a basic formula, and we incorporate these within NewNovelist.

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