I've already told you how to write about a crime scene, but now I’m going to tell you how to write about murder, whether your readers know who the suspect is or not.
The best method of writing about a murder is from the suspect’s perspective. To do this, you have to get into your antagonist's head, and know everything that he/she is going to do. Why does he/she want to kill the victim? In other words, give your suspect a motive! And take your readers through the act from the beginning, from the moment the killer breaks into the house, ambushes the victim, or kidnaps them.
What does the killer do? Does he/she tie down the victim to prologue their agony, or sneak into their room while are sleeping to kill them in bed? How does the killer do it? You can make it quick with a single gunshot or slow with torture.
Before you begin writing, you will have to decide on the type of murder and work out all the details such as where it happens (this will later turn into the crime scene), what weapons are used, and what the killer does with the body afterward.
Walk your readers through every slash, every bullet, every scream, and every drop of blood. Reveal everything the killer does and all of his/her thoughts while they are doing it. Include the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Murder has them all . . . well if cannibalism is involved anyway, in which case I can’t help you. Go talk to Thomas Harris!
Writing from the killer’s perspective is definitely ballsy because to be effective, you will have to get into a criminal’s mind. To write such a horrible act that readers can visualize and cringe at in disgust and fear requires going into a very dark place. Maybe that’s why they say writers are crazy? Hmm . . .
The other method is trickier, which is to write from the victim’s perspective, from the moment they realize they are in danger. You will have to share their fear about the situation (even if it’s just a split second before a gun goes off), their thoughts, and the pain they feel from everything the killer does. You will also have to write about the moment when their life slips away.
Writing about murder definitely isn’t easy, but it is possible and it will make the suspense in your story soar!
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After writing about a murder you might have to write about a crime scene: Writing About: A Crime Scene