Writing a Detective Novel

A course by Charlie Becerra
Crime Fiction Writer. Trujillo, Peru.
Joined April 2021
, Crime Fiction Writer

Discover the elements needed to write mysterious and gripping stories that bring enigmatic characters to life

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (67)
  • 1393 students

Discover the elements needed to write mysterious and gripping stories that bring enigmatic characters to life



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (67)
  • 1393 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 34m)
  • 17 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Author Charlie Becerra, awarded honorable mention at the 2020 Premio Nacional de Literatura de Perú for his novel Solo vine para que ella me mate, has devoted his career to mastering the art of writing detective novels.

In this course, learn to create suspense, add unexpected twists, and examine the clues of crime novel authors to unravel the mysteries of writing your own story.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Elements of a detective novel
  • U3
    U3. Develop the final project
  • U4
    U4. Final Recommendations
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin your investigation by getting to know crime fiction author Charlie Becerra. He gives you the facts about his professional career and discusses his favorite books and the famous authors who have inspired him to write.

Continue by delving into the theory and learn about how detective novels are structured, the different categories that exist, and their defining characteristics to give yourself a foundation for writing your own story.

Next, examine the essential writing elements to define your character, establish the narrative thread, and start planting clues and suspects to lead you to the ending of your story.

Using his own experience, Charlie then teaches you how to avoid common mistakes and falling into tropes before sharing some useful resources to help build the story line of your crime novel.

Finally, discover the secrets to writing a compelling climax where all the pieces of your story come together and learn how to overcome creative blocks with some useful tips and workarounds.

What is this course's project?

Lay the groundwork for your own detective novel by giving it a title, establishing the timeline, and writing the opening scene.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to begin their journey into writing crime fiction.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is needed to take this course, just bring inspiration, creativity, and come ready to learn how to write gripping stories.

For materials, you need a computer, a corkboard, and a notebook.


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1393 Students
67 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Charlie Becerra

A course by Charlie Becerra

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Crime Fiction Writer

Charlie Becerra is an author, writer, and creative director from Lima, Peru. As a writer specializing in crime fiction, he has published multiple books with industry giants like Penguin Random House, Planeta, and more. Charlie can't imagine a more rewarding profession than writing and devotes a large portion of his time to researching real-life crimes and criminal cases to help him create realistic detectives and killers for his stories.

His first novel, Solo vine para que ella me mate, earned him an honorable mention at the 2020 Premio Nacional de Literatura de Perú, and the film rights for it were later bought by a major producer in Los Angeles, California.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Elements of a detective novel

    • What is a detective novel?
    • The storyline
    • The "detective"
    • The enigma
    • The suspects and the clues
  • U3

    Develop the final project

    • The timeline
    • Subplots
    • The title of your novel
    • The first scene
  • U4

    Final Recommendations

    • The investigation
    • The last fifty pages
    • Keep focus
    • The creative block
  • FP

    Final project

    • Writing a Detective Novel

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Writing a Detective Novel. Writing course by Charlie Becerra

Writing a Detective Novel

A course by Charlie Becerra
Crime Fiction Writer. Trujillo, Peru.
Joined April 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (67)
  • 1393 students