Mystery Writing from the Experts: Martha Grimes

I got a little behind this week, so I’m late in posting, and derelict in writing. I’ll blame it on actively writing the second draft of Cora’s Song.

However, I do have a video for you, this from NYT Bestseller Martha Grimes on how she writes. I have to admit, I’ve never read her before (that I can recall) but her process sounds remarkably like mine, or at least how I’ve plotted in the past.

So, tell me. Do you have a process like Ms. Grimes’? Or are you a full-fledged, outline every single pointer? Somewhere in between?

Until next time,



2 thoughts on “Mystery Writing from the Experts: Martha Grimes

  1. I do usually have a plot seed to start with, but I never outline. I might chicken scratch some scenes on paper, but I often have no idea where the story is going. I like when my own creation takes me by surprise, and makes me laugh and cry.


  2. I used to not outline, just start with a plot seed like you do and some character sketches. But, a switch flipped about 3 years ago, and I fully outlined “Cora's Song” in about 3 days, then drafted a healthy majority of the story while pregnant with my daughter. I'm currently working on the 2nd draft of that story, and am outlining about 20 chapters ahead right now. I think I may be changed for life, though it may depend solely on the project. Some may get outlined, some may not. 🙂


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