Ann Rule on Breaking Into True Crime

Article by Zachary Petit. 29 July, 2015. “The Writer’s Dig.” Writer’s Digest.

“In honor of the passing of crime writing legend Ann Rule (you can read all about her life here), we’re re-sharing this piece—written by former WD managing editor Zachary Petit—that’s full of tips and advice delivered by Rule.

Bestseller Ann Rule had a heck of a journey to becoming a writer—something she never really wanted to be in the first place. “All I ever wanted to be was a police officer,” she told the crowd in her ThrillerFest session “How to Stalk a Serial Killer and Tell the Gruesome Tale: All You Need to Know to Write Great True Crime.” “The one thing I knew I didn’t want to be was a writer.” Rule thought it was all too hard—heck, you’d have to rewrite what you already wrote.”

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How to write about crime from two points of view

Article by B. Michael Radburn. 9 July, 2015. Writing Journey Co

“By definition alone a crime novel must have a crime, right? Therefore, we must have a perpetrator and a victim, or if you want to get technical, an antagonist and a protagonist. These are the three basic elements of a crime novel—just add blood and stir …

A crime from two points of view

What I’d like to explore is the two views of that crime, however gruesome, from our main players. The victim as witness, from the outside looking in, and the perpetrator, from the inside looking out. In most crime novels, the perspective, or point of view, will be from either the protagonist or antagonist, but rarely both.”

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