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Murder at BYU: A finding guide to and annotated bibliography of murder mysteries in the Harold B Lee Library at BYU involving universities, colleges, professors and/or students: "How I Write": Motivation

An annotated bibliography of professor-, student-, college- or university-based murder mystery fiction or literature in the Harold B Lee Library (HBLL) at BYU.

Go ahead--write!

1.  "A Noble laureate told me that, within a six block radius of the pub we were in, there were a hundred better writers than either of us--very decent of him to include me.  The difference between us, as published writers, and them, as unpublished writers, perhaps not even knowing what fame they could be missing, was merely that we sat down and wrote a page a day or ten pages a day or some given, immutable number, and didn't stop until we had  that number--and they didn't". (emphasis added). 

Andre Jute, Writing a Thriller.  London:  A & C Black, 1986, p. 3.  Call number:  PN 3377.5 D4 J88x 1986.

Mr Jute is the author, under his own name and psuedononymously, of a dozen novels.  


2.  "How I Write":

 This is a regular feature at The Daily Beast ( , and offers insights to how a variety of writers write every day.  Very helpful.



3.  Especially interesting are these "how-I-do-it" comments from the following mystery/thriller writers:

David Baldacci:


Michael Connelly


James Patterson:


Alice Hoffman

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4.  Think like a writer

From Huffington Post:


5.  How to Write 400,000 words a year (and get published)


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