How to create a great protagonist, smooth dialogue, keep readers engaged, and trim info-dump to write a novel readers love.
Don’t overlook time elements in your story. From time of day in a scene to the timeline of the entire story. Tips to keep time in your mystery.
As you build your mystery chapter-by-chapter be prepared for characters arrive with unexpected actions. Evaluate these actions in relation to the chapter and to the story vision. Trust the process.
Readers and Tropes Drive Mystery Endings Readers have expectations about mysteries. In order to give readers a satisfying mystery, your mystery needs certain elements. A baffling crime, usually a murder. An investigator committed to solving the crime. A concealed killer. The killer’s cover-up. Discovery process and elimination of suspects. Evaluation of clues, sorting the true […]
Character context defines their role in the story. Use context as your primary guideline as you create a character background.
Plot holes are logic problems in your novel, inconsistencies like time or characters acting out of character. Read with objectivity to find them.
Tips on using characters, twists, and clues to keep your mystery reader guessing until the end.
How To Start the First Chapter of Your Mystery Writing a mystery is a long run to the finish. Your first chapter brings the reader into the world of the story and introduces your sleuth. As a writer, you are in for a marathon of writing. You’ll introduce suspects, plant clues and red herrings and misdirect your sleuth and your reader. When a reader starts your mystery, they feel they have an unspoken agreement with you to give them a good puzzle and an intriguing and sympathet […]
Get Past The Stuck Place Sometimes your story seems to throw up a big wall and you don’t know how to fix it. You’re stuck. It happens to all writers. Don’t despair.With all the character development and story planning you’ve done, your story seems stuck and you don’t know where to go next or what to write. Take action to root out the problem so you can continue writing if you know what to do. The first thing to do is not consider your story […]
No Mystery Without a Puzzle Mystery readers love a puzzle. More than one is more enticing. While your developed detective leads the reader on discovery search, the puzzle is the draw of a mystery.All the work you do in developing your characters, creating suspects, and planting clues has one aim to create a mystery. Giving […]