Master Mystery Outline Template
Mystery stories have a number of false suspects and false clues. In the planning stages I like knowing what those false leads are so I can add foreshadowing.
An important part of the outline for a mystery is each of the crimes. In addition to the overall mystery outline, I created an outline for the crime(s) with sections for:
- What appears to have happened
- What really happened
- Why this crime matters to the sleuth
These are the crucial elements that create the mystery in this genre. I felt it was important to detail each crime in this manner as part of the overall outline.
Of course, I have the overall story outline from start to finish.
I’ll be curious to see how my outline compares to the outline the folks at StoryShop provide in the future.
The developers warned us that things could be lost and that we should keep a backup of everything until the software was stable. Today I’m waiting for feedback on this problem. Overall, I’m delighted with the planning aspects of StoryShop and am enthusiastic about testing the software.