J. Mark Bertrand


  • J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and the forthcoming Nothing to Hide, crime novels featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and lived in the city for fifteen years. After one hurricane too many, he and his wife moved to South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.

Books by Bertrand

Historical Note

  • Write About Now is the successor to my original fiction blog called Notes on Craft. The archive there is still online and dates from March 2004 to September 2007. Feel free to explore it at your leisure.

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December 06, 2007


Daniel S

Thank you very much for writing this. It is very instructive.


Extremely helpful, thank you.


Thanks, this is illuminating. I've just been working on a screenplay and realised the value of a treatment but never considered it for novel planning. Cheers!


I did this post-novel writing because someone asked for one. Never heard of it so thank you for the helpful information! I'm actually glad I learned to do it even though it took nearly six hours. It lays out the pacing and plot much easier for me.


Wasn't sure of how long my treatment should be so a rough guide of fifty pages is useful - thanks. And, of course, the idea of it standing alone as a piece of creative writing is a good guide for style as well as content.

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