clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Murder by Numbers

We're thinking a lot about potential today. These at left have potential too. They aren't blooming quite yet. Like some of us.

There are a ton of things I look at nearly every week as I puzzle myself though a blurb of dialogue edit or an entry scene.

I'm thinking now not of the number from The Police I used as a title today. I'm thinking of Elvis Costello and "She's filing her nails as they're dragging the lake." "Watching the Detectives" is a favorite of mine.

I wanted to list the reference material on the top of the stack tonight. These are things I've dug through in the last four weeks. These are books I've dug in to find a reference to a memory or a writing technique.

No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy.

Our Kind of Traitor, John LeCarre.

Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut.

The Ugliest House in the World, Peter Ho Davies.

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Finca Vigia Edition, Ernest Hemingway.

The Assistant Murderer, Dashiell Hammett.

Good Prose: The Art of Non-Fiction, Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd.

No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups and Critique. Victoria A. Hudson.

Revision and Self-Editing for Publication,  James Scott Bell.

Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles and Ends, Nancy Kress.

The Forest for the Trees, Betsy Lerner.

Ernest Hemingway on Writing, E.H edited by Larry Phillips.

Writing Fiction for All You're Worth, James Scott Bell.

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells, Ben Bova.

On Writing, Stephen King.

I only dug around in King's book for a piece about his desk and his yellow pads. I couldn't find it in 30 seconds so abandoned the search. I know it was in there but it didn't really matter.


Nigel G Mitchell said...

Those looks like great resources. Haven't read most of them, so I need to catch up.

jack welling said...

They're all quite helpful. The Writing Non-Fiction is actually the best of the bunch. Very clean explanations.