Tips to plant clues about your villain but leaving the reveal to your sleuth.
Allowing your reader to imagine character details in the theater of the mind develops connections with your story.
Without an immediate connection with your sleuth, a reader is not motivated to follow them solving the puzzle in the rest of your novel.
Ideas for how to talk to your reader fans when your first book isn’t finished. Share your writer self.
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.