As a writer, one of my guiding lights is ‘why?’ Why do people behave the way they do, why do they risk imprisonment by breaking the law, why did they let events unfold the way they do?
Understanding the way characters behave is at the heart of a lot of the creative writing courses I run. Writers have to understand their characters’ motivations to tell a plausible story.
Why was at the heart of The Railway Man (The Book Folks), one of my best-selling novels over the past year.
In it, a hard man returns to the city he terrorised. Why? Why is he murdered within hours of appearing in his old haunts? Why are DCI John Blizzard’s friends acting in such a defensive manner? Why, why, why?
Answering that in a believable way is key to good crime writing. You can find out how I found the answers at
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