Mystery Writing

Charly Suter January 24, 2015 Comments Off on Mystery Writing

Mystery writing follows certain norms of writing and offers the readers the opportunity to exert their intellectual powers to unravel the unknown before the detective does. In this way it is an excellent tool to exercise the human mind. Once the mystery authors embark on their journey to compose the thriller, there is no looking back and they can progress to penning great mystery novels.

People with an inclination to tackle this genre can write screenplays, novels, or short stories. The possibilities are endless, and authors may choose from a number mystery sub-genres. Whichever sub-genre or medium, mystery writing must be steeped in suspense and surprises. By following certain rules that dictate the way mysteries are to be composed, writers can have improved chances of achieving greater success. The ones mentioned below are only starters. Writers can brainstorm and come up with a several ideas to refine their mystery story. Consider the following when writing mystery:

• Having a plausible plot is of utmost importance. A novel based on a weak idea is least likely to attract readers and the writer may eventually fade away into anonymity.


• Introduce the protagonist and the antagonist within the first few pages or else the readers will not include the culprit in their list of suspects and feel let down. Go on to present the minor characters after that.

• The crime must be laid out clearly within the few chapters of the start of the book or scenes as in the case of a screenplay. This will set the minds of the audience ticking and establish the right mood.

• Mystery writing that revolves around high degree of crime has better prospects. Readers feel satiated with murder mysteries although it is more taxing for their brains. A feeble suspense does not excite the readers sufficiently. A clear definition of the problem that has to be solved makes for a far better story.

• List out the workable clues that could fit the plot selected and use the best ones, holding back the main or crucial clue for the end.

• The detective or the hero must finally solve the mystery using the laws of science. The story will become more believable if backed by postulates of rational knowledge.

• Characterize the villain in a mold that leaves no room for doubt in his capability to commit the crime. Often the readers are side-tracked by the culprit’s outer behavior that belies his intentions he is harboring.

• Readers cannot be fooled by mystery writing through the presence of supernatural elements to solve the mystery or by an accidental solution.

When done right, mystery writing is one of the most exciting of the genres. The initial set-backs to the investigator, the mounting tension, the sudden twist and ultimately resolving the mystery will satisfy the reader and electrify the author. Working with an experienced mystery writer and revising and rewriting the rough draft can significantly improve the final outcome.

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