I'm writing and sharing this post real quick to make. myself. do. the. work. this chilly, cozy morning: I am under contract to write and publish Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Story Grid Edition!!!
I am analyzing one of the queen of murder mystery's best masterpieces to teach writers HOW to write a great murder mystery. I'll be using all my Story Grid tools to explore WHY I myself have always been a devout Christie fan and to teach her modern-day disciples HOW to achieve her master storytelling capacity.
disclaimer: I will summarize each scene as I analyze it, but will include none of the original material, due to copyright protection.
This will be a great tool for writers, murder mystery buffs, and amateur sleuths to get a front-row seat to the editing process (and into the creation of the detective mind of Hercule Poirot). I'll break it down into the most basic level of the scene, and also widen the lens to show the successful elements of the GLOBAL story.
And it's also an opportunity for me to get into the shoes of my clients: brave, hardworking Storytellers.
I have THREE MONTHS to write this manuscript, then I will be on the other end of the editing process. I will be working with the best in the biz, Shawn Coyne, creator of the Story Grid, co-host of the Story Grid Podcast for writers, and author of Pride and Prejudice: Story Grid Edition. After editing, our book will follow the same format as the aforementioned. If you're curious about how it's going to look, you should read Shawn's book in the meantime.
Side note: If you're writing a love story of any sort--whether it's Jane Austen-esque or a subplot in a Dystopian novel--his annotated version of Pride and Prejudice is a must-read.
Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Story Grid Edition by Sophie B. Thomas & Shawn Coyne will be released Winter 2018 by Black Irish Books!
If you've ever dreamed about writing a murder mystery, or if you've consumed so many murder mysteries (as I have) that now you roll your eyes and abandon murder mysteries that just don't grab you, but you're not sure why--or that you've solved in the first three chapters--I'm writing this book for you!
Murder mystery fans and writers: I would love to hear from you as I work on this huge task! What would you say are REQUIREMENTS of a great murder mystery--the scenes, characters, and details that, if missing, you throw the book down and say, "This doesn't work"?
Have any questions about writing a murder mystery? Any suggestions for great murder mystery plots for me to read and watch as I write? Email me!
You can also check out the Story Grid's 5 Commandments of Storytelling and read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd along with me, and share your thoughts on scene analysis. I'd love to have a little team of Story nerds working on this together!
Well, I better get down to the work--now that the word is out! Subscribe to my email list for updates as I go!