Congratulations to DWG member James Blakey whose story “The Bicycle Thief” (reviewed by the group in December of 2017) is a finalist for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer Award for Flash Fiction.
Delco Writers Group member James Blakey has a solve-it-yourself mystery in the latest (March 25th) issue of Woman’s World. If you’re in line at the grocery store, pick it up and turn to page 45 to see if you can solve the mystery of “The Hockey Card Heist.”
Also his “The Case of the Vanishing Unicorns” is reprinted in the just released ebook Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology.
In Algis Budrys’ WRITING TO THE POINT, he reveals the best secret I ever learned, the 7 Point Plot.
A STORY IS:
1. A character
2. In a setting
3. With a problem
4. Character must try to solve problem
5. Must fail (repeat try/fails three times)
6. Must reach a do or die CLIMAX where character succeeds (comedy) or fails (tragedy)
7. And life goes on with validation scene, also known as denouement.