Mystery topics to write about

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You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts

Award-winning author Gillian Roberts takes the mystery out of writing for the stable and profitable whodunit market. In Part One, she defines the genre, concentrating on core elements of the category, from developing ideas and building character profiles to researching crimes and selecting point of view. Following her examples and exercises, readers will begin to create their own story as they construct an outline filled with hooks, cliffhangers, intriguing characters and red herrings. In Part Two, she offers expert advice for editing, revising and submitting a top-notch manuscript.
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Hi, everyone! That inspired me to write this list of prompts — and pieces of plots — for mystery stories. The basic mystery plot formula is pretty simple. Early on, a dead body turns up, a valuable item goes missing, or a puzzle begs to be solved. The reader knows that by the end of the book, questions will have been answered, which is a comforting element in even the most gruesome murder mysteries.

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Picture this: your imagination is a match…and you need to light it. There are a number of different methods of setting a match ablaze and come up with story ideas. But the best and easiest way? Striking it against the matchbox it came in. All you need is one writing prompt to light your imaginative fire and you can burn through a book idea , formulating the plot and all with just a single prompt. You can even write a powerful short story with a small prompt!

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2 thoughts on “You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts

  1. Hi, everyone! You know how I love working on story ideas and creative writing exercises, and I've been reading a lot of mystery novels lately.

  2. As part of our growing list of + Awesome Writing Prompts, this post provides 67 terrific Mystery Writing Prompts and Story Ideas ripe for the taking.

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