Re: RARA-AVIS: how to write noir

From: Don Lee (
Date: 04 Mar 2009

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    Awesome link, thanks!


    --- On Wed, 3/4/09, Patrick King <> wrote: From: Patrick King <> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: how to write noir To: Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 11:37 AM

                There is a famous Ian Fleming article called: How To Write a Thriller which the master published in 1962. It's here:

    http://www.jamesbon page/Ian+ Fleming%27s+ Essays

    This is not, of course, "noir" but it is both informative, instructive and amusing. If you really follow Fleming's suggestions, you can write a thriller in about 6 weeks. It helps if you have an independent income, live in Jamaica, and have famous friends who can bring their groupies to dinner at your house.

    Patrick King

    --- On Tue, 3/3/09, Don Lee <donthepoet@yahoo. com> wrote:

    From: Don Lee <donthepoet@yahoo. com>

    Subject: RARA-AVIS: how to write noir

    To: rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com

    Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 10:48 AM

    Has anyone written a really good piece/book/etc. on how to write noir? I have been a how-to-write- X junkie my whole life and am trying to think of anything specifically like that. I guess Chandler's famous essay would count, "down these mean streets" etc., though I seem to remember that's more about the P.I. tale than noir per se.

    Just curious for feedback.









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