As you build your story alternate between action and reaction. Before you write a scene you need to know the basic structure of the type of scene that comes next in your mystery.
Tips on using characters, twists, and clues to keep your mystery reader guessing until the end.
The Victim is The Center of Your Mystery What to Know About Your Victim Like any other character, you want to know both basic details and background information. Context in the story. Much of the context besides the death is the victim’s relationships with suspects Physical details. Details that attracted and/or repelled other characters Emotional […]
How to gather story setting details and use them in your mystery to keep your reader engaged.
When Characters Try to Take Over The Story Every writer has the experience of characters acting and speaking in unexpected ways. With the most detailed story outline, once you begin writing a scene, characters do something that you hadn’t planned in your outline. When the protagonist or the antagonist speaks pithy words or acts in […]
Join The 3% That Finish Their Mystery It’s a long journey from a story idea to writing The End of a novel. One story idea needs to grow with setting, characters, and plot to reach a satisfactory conclusion. Because a mystery novel is a large writing process, most writers who start a novel in any […]
What Came Before Every character arrives in your story with backstory. Backstory is what came before in their lives before the story begins. Long ago or maybe just last week, something happened that impacted your character. In a mystery, you need to know the backstory of your sleuth and each of the suspects, including the […]
Build your reader fan base with email before your mystery is finished. Keys to setting up your email connection.
You As An Author It’s never too early to start your transition from writer to author. Once you start writing your mystery, spend some time establishing your presence as an author. You’ll be building your author platform where you tell readers about your book. Once your novel is published, you’ll have your author platform well […]
Tips to choose a title that engages prospective readers, is easy to remember, and suites your genre.