A true crime book is the arm's length and safe distance by which reader and murder are separated. Psychologists have theorized that audiences, women, in particular, have been captivated by the genre as a form of self-preservation against their fears of violence and predation. Others, like the type of person who enjoys cardboard witches in a haunted house attraction, equate feelings of anxiety with excitement when put in a controlled setting. So when first entering the world of true crime writing, bearing all of this in mind, I asked myself how I could narrow the gap in a reader's relationship with its subjects and further thin that sense of security that veils curiosity, to remind them that crimes like these can, and did, happen to the average person. And it dawned on me: Instead of trying to bring this story to readers, like you'd see in a newspaper article when listing two teenage girls who disappeared 20 years ago, I had to bring readers into the story and tell them that one girl smelled like hay and the other had yet to kiss a boy. Research, interview, and explore the subjects that interest you.
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Life is filled with stranger-than-fiction moments. But how do you write a book based on a true story? You have everything you need, it seems: characters, events, and the entire plot. Yet converting true events into the written word almost always proves to be a frustratingly tough chore.
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Conflict is the root of all drama. In no genre is this more apparent than crime fiction. Make their life as difficult as possible, then make it just a bit worse. Every sentence you write, ask yourself, does this advance my story?
True crime is a nonfiction literary, podcast , and film genre in which the author examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people. The crimes most commonly include murder ; about 40 percent focus on tales of serial killers. Simpson murder case , and the Pamela Smart murder, while others are devoted to more obscure slayings.