BEYOND THE SHELF – Are You Truly Blocked When Writing?

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BEYOND THE SHELF is general commentary about the blog or the mystery and crime writing business by author and site administrator Shannon Muir that doesn’t fall in the scope of a regular column. This week’s topic is the topic of not managing to write what you hope to accomplish.

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MYSTERY LEADS MID-MONTH MONDAYS – Tolkien Leads to Chesterson

MYSTERY LEADS MID-MONTH MONDAYS FROM SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF put the magnifying glass the second Monday of each month on classic detective and crime fiction.

Shannon will take the time to talk about her own personal discoveries as she looks back at the masters and lesser known writers of the past and how it can inform us as writers and readers today.

This month’s column focuses on Shannon Muir wanting to explore more of the mystery writings of G.K. Chesterson.

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SHANNON MUIR’S MYSTERY OF CHARACTER – Character Arcs in Three Acts (Act Three)

Every Sunday, the feature SHANNON MUIR’S MYSTERY OF CHARACTER on SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF focuses on the art and craft of writing from Shannon’s perspective, or gives you insight on her process as an author.   This week’s topic continues on how character arcs can flow over the three act structure as commonly used in film, including mystery and crime film.  Continue reading →