Hawaiian Noir

Murder Calls

Revising: Act I In the last post on revising, I summarized each scene on an index card and organized all of the cards into five groups—Act I, Act II-first part, Center point, Act II-second part, Act III. What determines what goes into each act? One consideration is simply page count. The first act should take …

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Red Christmas I am stepping away from revising this week because I am working on formatting a story for sale on Kindle. The story is Red Christmas. It is a republication of a story that was published in The Shamus Sampler II, edited by Jochem Vandersteen. The original story was titled, IFHC. I changed the …

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Revising in Three Acts All stories have three acts, so says Aristotle in Poetics. Who am I to argue with Aristotle? What are the three acts? We could simply call them beginning, middle, and end, but that doesn’t tell us anything. Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end—a vacation, a dinner, a war, …

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