I recently contributed to a brand new anthology: How to Write a Mystery: A handbook by Mystery Writers of America.
First drafts are scary. There’s so much expectation—and so much disappointment. Scenes lumber off in the wrong direction. The writing feels clumsy and artless. The story confuses. Or worse, it bores.
Not every writer has a personal story to tell. And some stories would never find their way onto the page if they had to rely on an eyewitness to set them down.