Crime stories for children are fun to read, but they can sometimes be a bit tricky to write. When writing any crime story you need to think about keeping it both interesting and mysterious, you must remember to leave clues when you are telling the story for the reader to find, but still not make it too obvious for him or her.
This is true for crime stories for children as well, as they are certainly not to be underestimated and should be regarded with the same respect as adult fiction. The only difference here is that crime stories for children can allow certain playfulness along with the mystery. It is easy to get tangled when writing crime stories for children, and for that reason we have created the ultimate guide to help you through the process.
1. The characters are as important as the plot itself
Of course you need to have a good mystery story, but you also need to have interesting, round up characters to carry out that story. Not giving enough attention to character development can only hurt your book and waste a perfectly good idea for a plot. The more time and attention you spend on your book, the more it shows. Keep your characters as mysterious as the story itself.
2. The clues must make sense
You have to give the reader a chance to play along. When writing the crime story you need to introduce the suspect somewhere in the beginning of the story. You cannot have him or her be someone completely new at the end of the book. The reader must have a chance at guessing who it might be and making assumptions throughout the book. Consider it as a game, you have to give the reader a chance to win.
3. Not too hard, but not too easy
Remember that your audience are children, so you want to make your clues a bit out there, but not too obvious. No one cares for winning on the easiest level. Plant some hidden details throughout the story. Keep in mind that your reader is not a detective so the clues shouldn’t be too hidden, but if you make them too easy and they solve the puzzle halfway through the story, there will be no need for them to read the rest of the book. The key to keeping crime stories for children is a perfect balance between these two extremes.
4. Do edit
Feel free to go back and reread your draft as many times as possible. You can add, remove or misplace clues as you see fit even after you have finished the first draft. This will be a great opportunity to see if something sticks out or doesn’t belong in the story. If you don’t have a use for something and you feel like the story can do without as it doesn’t contribute to the plot, by all means, leave it out.